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© FSANZ 2005 1 Misleading Food Labels Melanie Fisher General Manager Food Standards Australia New Zealand October 2005.

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1 © FSANZ Misleading Food Labels Melanie Fisher General Manager Food Standards Australia New Zealand October 2005

2 © FSANZ Types of communication Truthful and not misleading False Truthful but misleading

3 © FSANZ Truthful but misleading Omissions Confusion based Same attribute Different attibute Source based.

4 © FSANZ Ommission Failure to disclose relevant information ‘Low in sugar’ - but high in fat (diabetics)

5 © FSANZ Confusion based Consumers mislead by use of language, symbols or images ‘only 10% fat’

6 © FSANZ Same Attribute Truthful statement about a product that may lead to incorrect inferences about the same attribute in that or similar products ‘this oil is cholesterol free’

7 © FSANZ Different attribute When consumers wrongly believe two attributes are related ‘no cholesterol’ does not necessarily mean low fat

8 © FSANZ Source based Consumer trust in endorsements and third parties Assuming a logo relates to an independant third party accreditation system

9 © FSANZ Impact on consumers Environmental characteristics Individual characteristics Label characteristics

10 © FSANZ Australian case study Food Standards and fair trading law Current focus on health claims (and fortified foods) Ensuring balance between consumer choice/industry innovation and consumer protection Need for new skills and different evidence base to develop effective regulation standards

11 © FSANZ Health claims - concerns Consumers will be mislead and will distort their diets confusion based – graphics, words, images Same attribute – calcium in fish Different attribute – calcium in juice vs milk

12 © FSANZ Response Complex area and very dependant on consumer perceptions Commissioned consumer research and literature reviews Are proposing a range of regulatory responses – degree of intervention depends on degree of promise/risk

13 © FSANZ Regulatory approaches Prohibition Pre-market approvals Limits – eg fat, salt and sugar Disclosures Education No regulation

14 © FSANZ Conclusion Truthful but misleading more difficult to define and regulate than false claims Consumer responses and preceptions complex and varied – analysis required Degree and type of intervention should be effective and appropriate to the degree of risk

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