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Subjective Welfare, Well-Being, and Self-Reported Food Hypersensitivity in Four European Countries: Implications for European Policy
Voordouw, J. ; Antonides, G. ; Fox, M. ; Cerecedo, I. ; Zamora, J. ; Hoz Caballer, B. de la; Rokicka, E. ; Cornelisse-Vermaat, J.R. ; Jewczak, M. ; Starosta, P. ; Kowalska, M.L. ; Jedrzejczak-Czechowicz, M. ; Vázquez-Cortés, S. ; Escudero, C. ; Flokstra-de Blok, B.M. ; Dubois, A.E.J. ; Mugford, M. ; Frewer, L.J. - \ 2012
Social Indicators Research 107 (2012)3. - ISSN 0303-8300 - p. 465 - 482.
quality-of-life - labeling preferences - allergic consumers - economic costs - health - children - prevalence - income - questionnaire - explanation
This study estimates the effects of food hypersensitivity on individuals’ perceived welfare and well-being compared to non-food hypersensitive individuals. Study respondents were recruited in the Netherlands, Poland, Spain and UK. The difference in welfare between food hypersensitive respondents and those asymptomatic to foods was estimated using a subjective welfare approach, including income evaluation. Well-being was measured using the Cantril Ladder-of-Life Scale, and health status using the Self-Perceived Health Scale. The difference in well-being, welfare and health status between participant groups was explained further using a number of background variables. No significant within-country differences in welfare between food hypersensitive respondents and respondents asymptomatic to foods were found. In terms of well-being, adult food hypersensitive respondents and their spouses reported significantly less happiness than respondents and their spouses asymptomatic to foods in the Netherlands and Poland. In Spain, the spouses of the food hypersensitive respondents were significantly less happy than respondents aymptomatic to foods. The well-being of children did not significantly differ between groups. The degree of severity of food hypersensitivity was negatively related to overall health status. In Poland, food hypersensitive respondents reported worse health status compared to asymptomatic respondents. In Spain, the converse was true. Food hypersensitive respondents were generally less happy with their life as a whole than respondents asymptomatic to foods, presumably because they experienced more negative effects, which were not related to perceived health status
Optimising the delivery of food allergy information. An assessment of food allergic consumer preferences for different information delivery formats
Voordouw, J. ; Antonides, G. ; Cornelisse-Vermaat, J.R. ; Pfaff, S. ; Niemietz, D. ; Frewer, L.J. - \ 2012
Food Quality and Preference 23 (2012)1. - ISSN 0950-3293 - p. 71 - 78.
labeling preferences - self-efficacy - prevalence - communication - perspective - europe - health - impact - trust - costs
In this study, the preferences of food allergic consumers for different prototype information delivery tools was examined, with the aim of improving informed product choices. Sixty-two self-reported food allergic participants from the Netherlands and Germany were included in the study. Each tested three prototype information delivery tools (a food label, a handheld electronic scanner, and an information booklet) to access allergy information. Participants rated each tool in terms of perceived convenience, usefulness and confidence. Principal Component Analysis indicated that convenience and usefulness loaded on one construct, namely functionality. The impact of information delivery tool and country on functionality and confidence was analysed with two repeated measures generalised linear models. The highest perceived functionality was found for the label. The electronic scanner was rated as the next most functional method to deliver information, followed by the booklet. Food allergic consumers were equally confident about using all three information delivery tools. The results have implications for developing new policies and legislation concerning information provision to food allergic consumers
Consumer needs and requirements for food and ingredient traceability information
Rijswijk, W. van; Frewer, L.J. - \ 2012
International Journal of Consumer Studies 36 (2012)3. - ISSN 1470-6423 - p. 282 - 290.
allergic consumers - labeling preferences - european consumers - risk-management - quality - safety - meat - perspectives - perceptions - netherlands
The introduction of improved food traceability systems has aimed to restore consumer confidence in food safety and quality, in part by being able to provide consumers with more information about the origins of foods and food ingredients. However, little is known about consumers’ opinions and beliefs associated with traceability, nor their preferences for information provision. In the current paper, consumer information needs and requirements regarding traceability are investigated. Semi-structured interviews with consumers in four European countries focused on the need for traceability, the preferred means of communication, labelling and bodies held responsible for traceability and dealing with fraud. Results show that there is a clear consumer need for varied information about food and the production processes involved. Rigorous and accountable traceability systems may assist in making such information available to consumers.
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