Do consumers perceive benefits from the implementation of a EU mandatory nutritional labelling program?

Azucena Gracia, Maria Loureiro, Rodolfo M. Nayga

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This paper examines consumers' knowledge about nutritional labels (i.e., nutritional panel), use of nutritional labels, and perceived benefits from a mandatory nutritional labeling program. Using data from a pilot study conducted in a Spanish city and a three-equation multivariate probit model, our results suggest that individuals who suffer some health problems related to food intake are more knowledgeable about nutritional labels. Further, those who are more knowledgeable about nutritional labels are more likely to use nutritional labels, and nutritional label users are more likely to consider mandatory nutritional labeling as beneficial. Perceived usefulness of the information provided by nutritional labels as well as the amount of presented information affect consumer perceptions about whether or not mandatory nutritional labeling would be beneficial.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)160-174
Number of pages15
JournalFood Policy
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Apr 1



  • Consumers
  • Diet
  • EU nutritional labeling
  • Health
  • Spain

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science
  • Development
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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