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Title: Declaration of nutrition information on and nutritional quality of Thai ready-to-eat packaged food products
Authors: Suladda Pongutta
Pitipa Chongwatpol
Parwin Tantayapirak
Stefanie Vandevijvere
School of Population Health, University of Auckland
Thailand Ministry of Public Health
Mahidol University
Keywords: Medicine;Nursing
Issue Date: 1-Jun-2018
Citation: Public Health Nutrition. Vol.21, No.8 (2018), 1409-1417
Abstract: © 2018 The Authors. Objective The present study assessed the nutrition information displayed on ready-to-eat packaged foods and the nutritional quality of those food products in Thailand.Design In March 2015, the nutrition information panels and nutrition and health claims on ready-to-eat packaged foods were collected from the biggest store of each of the twelve major retailers, using protocols developed by the International Network for Food and Obesity/Non-communicable Diseases Research, Monitoring and Action Support (INFORMAS). The Thai Nutrient Profile Model was used to classify food products according to their nutritional quality as 'healthier' or 'less healthy'.Results In total, information from 7205 food products was collected across five broad food categories. Out of those products, 5707 (79·2 %), 2536 (35·2 %) and 1487 (20·6 %) carried a nutrition facts panel, a Guideline Daily Amount (GDA) label and health-related claims, respectively. Only 4691 (65·1 %) and 2484 (34·5 %) of the products that displayed the nutrition facts or a GDA label, respectively, followed the guidelines of the Thai Food and Drug Administration. In total, 4689 products (65·1 %) could be classified according to the Thai Nutrient Profile Model, of which 432 products (9·2 %) were classified as healthier. Moreover, among the 1487 products carrying health-related claims, 1219 (82·0 %) were classified as less healthy. Allowing less healthy food products to carry claims could mislead consumers and result in overconsumption of ready-to-eat food products.Conclusions The findings suggest effective policies should be implemented to increase the relative availability of healthier ready-to-eat packaged foods, as well as to improve the provision of nutrition information on labels in Thailand.
ISSN: 14752727
Appears in Collections:Scopus 2018

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