Food Labelling

What health-related labelling is present for foods and non-alcoholic beverages?

Food labelling on food packaging has the potential to have both positive and negative effects on diets. Monitoring different aspects of food labelling would help to identify priority policy options to help people make healthier food choices.

A taxonomy of the elements of health-related food labelling has been proposed for INFORMAS. A step-wise approach has been developed for independently assessing the nature and extent of health-related food labelling in different countries and over time.

Dr Mike RaynerDr Mike Rayner

Director, British Heart Foundation Centre on Population Approaches for Non-Communicable Disease Prevention

Nuffield Department of Population Health
University of Oxford, UK
Email: Dr Mike Rayner


Monitoring the health-related labelling of foods and non-alcoholic beverages in retail settings (pages 70–81) M. Rayner, A. Wood, M. Lawrence, C. N. Mhurchu, J. Albert, S. Barquera, S. Friel, C. Hawkes, B. Kelly, S. Kumanyika, M. L’Abbé, A. Lee, T. Lobstein, J. Ma, J. Macmullan, S. Mohan, C. Monteiro, B. Neal, G. Sacks, D. Sanders, W. Snowdon, B. Swinburn, S. Vandevijvere, C. Walker and INFORMAS

Read the INFORMAS paper online here

Below are the INFORMAS protocols to download. Some protocols are still under development – contact us if you would like more information. Please read the terms and agreements (add as link) regarding the use of the protocols, and inform us if you are using and/or adapting the protocol.

You may use, modify and reproduce the protocol, but the work that results from using the INFORMAS resources remains available to the INFORMAS group and falls under the same copyleft principles as the original protocol (i.e., you can’t claim copyright on protocols you develop based on INFORMAS resources).

You don’t have to share the whole work that results from using the INFORMAS resources, but are expected to share:

  • Any modifications or updates you make to the protocol (e.g., updates for your own country)
  • The final (cleaned) data as collected using the protocol.

Click to view the Food Labelling Protocol

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