Welcome to the project website of FLABEL (Food Labelling to Advance Better Education for Life). Here you can find all relevant information and latest news from the EU-funded research consortium that is dedicated for 3 years (2008 – 2011) to establish the role of and identify what can be achieved when communicating nutrition information to consumers via food packaging labels.
Latest FLABEL update presented at the European Congress on Obesity in Istanbul, May 2011
FLABEL researchers have now completed work packages (WP) on consumers' attention to and reading of nutrition labels (WP2), attractiveness and liking of different labelling systems (WP3), and understanding of and health inferences from them (WP4). The results were used to generate two hypotheses based on which experimental studies were designed to test actual in-store use of different nutrition labelling systems by consumers (WP5). Field work is on-going in Germany and Poland and results should become available in autumn 2011. The current status including the working hypotheses and WP5 study design were presented end of May 2011 at the European Congress on Obesity in Istanbul, and the presentation slides can be downloaded here.
Status of the FLABEL project at mid-point
FLABEL reached its mid-point at the end of January 2010, and a status of the different work packages is available in the form of a summary report. To review the achievements so far, please click here.
First FLABEL results now available
The first results from the FLABEL project are now available. Following 6 months of research, in 28 countries (27 EU Members States & Turkey), more than 37,000 products have been audited to determine the penetration of nutrition labelling in Europe today.
Using a standardised analytical methodology, the number of products with nutrition information on pack (front and back), the main types of systems used in each country, the prevalence of nutrition and health claim usage, and the prevalence of nutrition information on products that are attractive to children, were assessed in 5 product categories.
Click here to listen to the webinar presentation of these FLABEL project results