Hong Kong

INFORMAS in Hong Kong is led by Dr Jimmy Louie of the School of Biological Sciences, The University of Hong Kong.

Dr Louie currently works on 2 INFORMAS modules: Food Composition and Food Promotion.

In collaboration with The George Institute for Global Health, Australia, Dr Louie has localized the successful FoodSwitch program for use in Hong Kong in 2017. Through the FoodSwitch project, nutrition information of pre-packaged foods sold in Hong Kong has beeen collected and recorded annually since 2017 to create a longitudinal dataset which would allow the monitoring of the Hong Kong pre-packaged food supply.

Dr Louie’s group has recently completed pilot studies to examine the extent of food and beverage promotion on free-to-air television and in Mass Transit Railway stations in Hong Kong, using the standard INFORMAS protocol. Another study looking at food promotion on social media is currently underway.

Dr. Jimmy Louie

Assistant Professor in Food and Nutritional Sciences

School of Biological Sciences

Hong Kong University

Email: Dr. Jimmy Louie


Status (as of July 2019)


Public Sector (Food EPI)
  •  Outputs published
  •  Planning next phase
6, 7, 9
Private Sector
  • Planning
Food Composition
  • Data collection completed
Food Labelling
  • Data collection completed
2, 10
Food Promotion
  • Social media/Facebook: underway
  • Sports sponsorship: data collection completed
  • Magazines: data collection completed
  • Internet: data collection completed
  • Outdoor advertising: data collection completed
Food Prices
  • Data collection completed
Food Retail
  • In-store: data collection completed
  • Sports sponsorship: data collection completed
Food Provision
  • Schools: data collection completed
  • Early Childhood Education: data collection completed
  • Hospitals: data collection completed
Food Trade & Investment
  • Planning

Manuscripts currently under review

VHI Cheung, JCY Louie. Junk food advertising on free-to-air television in Hong Kong. Public Health Nutr. (under review)

SKH Lo, BYS O, JCY Louie. Food and beverage advertising in Mass-Transit-Railway stations in Hong Kong. Am J Public Health. (submitted)




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