A Basic Research For the Adoption and Implementation of Nutrition Labeling (II): Comparative Perceptions of Consumers, Producers and Government Officials

식품의 영양표시제도 정착을 위한 기초조사(II): 소비자, 기업체, 공무원 인식 비교 연구

  • 박혜련 (명지대학교 이과대학 식품영양학과) ;
  • 민영희 (명지대학교 이과대학 식품영양학과) ;
  • 정해랑 (한국식품위생연구원 영양연구부)
  • Published : 1995.07.30


The awareness of the nutrition labeling of 82 food producers and 668 government officials was assessed and compared, from May to June in 1994, to that of consumers. Compared to 82.4% of cosumers, 48.1% of producers and 47.8% of officials answered that nutrition labeling is necessary. 48% of producers expected a modest food price rise, but 70% thought food sales would not be affected with nutrition labeling. While being worried about the regulatory difficulties and the increased work load given the inadequate implementation of the current food labeling system due to insufficient personnel, 50.2% of officials wanted the new nutrition labeling system to be introduced within $1{\sim}2$ years. Contrary to the general dissatisfaction with the system and the lack of confidence in it on the part of consumers, producers thought that they currently provide sufficient food information for consumers, and that consumers had much confidence in it. Producers and officials were more found worried about consumers' inadequate understanding and inactive use of the system in contrast to the widespread and welcome support on the part of consumers. But it was fully agreed by all that education and awareness is crucial for the successful implementation of nutrition labeling system.