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J Res Med Sci 2017,  22:111

Adoption of the nutri-score system in france to reduce the incidence of noncommunicable diseases


Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Kancheepuram, Tamil Nadu, India

Date of Web Publication27-Jan-2017

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Saurabh RamBihariLal Shrivastava
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DOI: 10.4103/jrms.JRMS_290_17

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Shrivastava SR, Shrivastava PS, Ramasamy J. Adoption of the nutri-score system in france to reduce the incidence of noncommunicable diseases. J Res Med Sci 2017;22:111

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Shrivastava SR, Shrivastava PS, Ramasamy J. Adoption of the nutri-score system in france to reduce the incidence of noncommunicable diseases. J Res Med Sci [serial online] 2017 [cited 2017 Oct 21];22:111. Available from: http://www.jmsjournal.net/text.asp?2017/22/1/111/215655



Sir,

Consumption of unhealthy food has been associated with detrimental effects on the health status of individuals and a significant burden on the health-care delivery system.[1] Furthermore, the choice of food products plays a defining role in the development of various noncommunicable diseases and obesity.[1]

In order to respond to the public health concern of foodborne illnesses, stakeholders from the European region have developed an action plan for the period 2015–2020.[2] This plan identifies the priority areas which require attention and also implement measures to improve the overall quality of the diet and nutritional status of the European population.[2] In fact, with an aim to increase the pace of activities and to supplement other actions to establish a healthy food environment, the policy makers from France have decided to adopt the Nutri-score system.[2],[3] This simplified system employs color coding principle to assist people in understanding the nutritional value of different food products by just a glance.[3]

Moreover, it has been envisaged that all European nations should devise and implement a labeling system on the front-of-pack, which should be easy to comprehend and assist people in their understanding about nutritional information.[3] In fact, the findings of a randomized trial concluded that the five-color nutrition label system is extremely effective in motivating people to make a healthier food option in heterogeneous settings.[4]

Further, the practice of food labeling not only guides people for adopting healthier food products but also encourages food operators to bring about reforms in their products, and thus, it becomes a critical intervention in regions with high incidence of noncommunicable diseases.[2],[3] The proposed Nutri-score system will be categorizing food products and drinks under five categories of nutritional quality.[3] In addition, it has been observed that the presence of a color-coded nutrition label on the front-of-pack acts as a key factor in augmenting the attention of consumers, when compared to traditional nutrition facts label.[5]

To conclude, it is anticipated that the adoption of color coding in the labeling of food products will play a significant role in assisting people to make an informed healthy choice, meet the demands of people to have better information about healthier food products, and in minimizing the intake of energy-dense foods or foods rich in saturated fats, sugar, or salt.

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Shrivastava SR, Shrivastava PS, Ramasamy J. Global food safety: Challenges and recommended public health strategies. Int J Prev Med 2016;7:8.  Back to cited text no. 1
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World Health Organization. European Food and Nutrition Action Plan 2015-2020. Geneva: WHO Press; 2015. p. 1-27.  Back to cited text no. 2
    
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World Health Organization. France Becomes One of theFirst Countries in Region to Recommend Colour-Coded Nutrition Labelling System; 2017. Available from: http://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics/disease-prevention/nutrition/news/news/2017/03/france-becomes-one-of-the- first-countries-in-region-to-recommend-colour-coded-nutrition-labelling-system. [Last accessed on 2017 Mar 30].  Back to cited text no. 3
    
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Ducrot P, Julia C, Méjean C, Kesse-Guyot E, Touvier M, Fezeu LK, et al. Impact of different front-of-pack nutrition labels on consumer purchasing intentions: A randomized controlled trial. Am J Prev Med 2016;50:627-36.  Back to cited text no. 4
    
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Becker MW, Sundar RP, Bello N, Alzahabi R, Weatherspoon L, Bix L. Assessing attentional prioritization of front-of-pack nutrition labels using change detection. Appl Ergon 2016;54:90-9.  Back to cited text no. 5
    




 

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