Food Labelling: Cost Studies

‘Traffic-light’ nutrition labelling and ‘junk-food’ tax: a modelled comparison of cost-effectiveness for obesity prevention

Cost-effectiveness analyses are important tools in efforts to prioritise interventions for obesity prevention. Modelling facilitates evaluation of multiple scenarios with varying assumptions. This study compares the cost-effectiveness of conservative scenarios for two commonly proposed policy-based population-wide interventions: front-of-pack ‘traffic-light’ nutrition labelling and a tax on unhealthy foods. See more.

Cost-Effectiveness of Product Reformulation in Response to the Health Star Rating Food Labelling System in Australia

The Health Start Rating (HSR) system is a voluntary front-or-pack labelling initiative endorsed by Australian government in 2014. This study examines the health impact and cost-effectiveness of the HSR on pre-package food reformulation measured by changes in energy density between products with and without HRS and the authors evaluate the HRS system in different scenarios, in which was implemented on a voluntary or mandatory basis.  See more.

Cost-effectiveness of interventions to control cardiovascular diseases and diabetes mellitus in South Asia: a systematic review

More than 80% of cardiovascular diseases and diabetes burden now lies in low and middle-income countries. Hence, there is an urgent need to identify and implement the most cost-effective interventions, particularly in the resource-constraint South Asian settings. This systematic review synthesised the cost-effectiveness evidence on interventions in policy, clinical and behavioural at individual, group and population level to control cardiovascular diseases and diabetes in South Asia. See more

The impact of price and nutrition labelling on sugary drink purchases: Results from an experimental marketplace study

The objective of this study was examining the effect of front-of-package (FOP) nutrition labelling and sugary drink taxation on consumer beverage purchases. Participants were randomised to one of four labelling conditions (no label, health star rating, high sugar symbol and health warning) and completed five within-subject purchase tasks. Beverages prices in each task corresponded to ‘tax’ conditions: 0%, 10%, 20%, 30% and a variable tax proportional to free sugar level. In each task, participants selected from 20 commercially available beverages. See more.

Tackling of unhealthy diets, physical inactivity, and obesity: health effects and cost-effectiveness

They assess public health strategies designed to tackle behavioural risk factors for chronic diseases that are closely linked with obesity, including aspects of diet and physical inactivity, in Brazil, China, India, Mexico, Russia, and South Africa. England was included for comparative purposes. See more

Impact of front-of-pack ‘traffic-light’ nutrition labelling on consumer food purchases in the UK

This study examined changes to consumer food purchases after the introduction of traffic-light labels with the aim of assessing the impact of the labels on the ‘healthiness’ of foods purchased. The study examined sales data from a major UK retailer in 2007 and they analysed products in two categories (ready meals and sandwiches), investigating the percentage change in sales four weeks before and after traffic-light labels were introduced. See more