Harmonisation of food labelling regulations in Southeast Asia: benefits, challenges and implications

William, Kasapila and Sharifudin Md. Shaarani (2011) Harmonisation of food labelling regulations in Southeast Asia: benefits, challenges and implications. Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 20 (1). pp. 1-8. ISSN 0964-7058


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In the globalised world of the 21(st) century, issues of food and nutrition labelling are of pre-eminent importance. Several international bodies, including the World Health Organisation and World Trade Organisation, are encouraging countries to harmonise their food and nutrition regulations with international standards, guidelines and recommendations such as those for Codex Alimentarius. Through harmonisation, these organisations envisage fewer barriers to trade and freer movement of food products between countries, which would open doors to new markets and opportunities for the food industry. In turn, increased food trade would enhance economic development and allow consumers a greater choice of products. Inevitably, however, embracing harmonisation brings along cost implications and challenges that have to be overcome. Moreover, the harmonisation process is complex and sporadic in light of the tasks that countries have to undertake; for example, updating legislation, strengthening administrative capabilities and establishing analytical laboratories. This review discusses the legislation and regulations that govern food and nutrition labelling in Southeast Asia, and highlights the discrepancies that exist in this regard, their origin and consequences. It also gives an account of the current status of harmonising labelling of pre-packaged foodstuffs in the region and explains the subsequent benefits, challenges and implications for governments, the food industry and consumers.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Food industry, Packaging, Consumers, Health claims, Nutrition
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28-9999 Industries. Land use. Labor > HD4801-8943 Labor. Work. Working class > HD7260-7780.8 Industrial hygiene. Industrial welfare
Divisions: SCHOOL > School of Food Science and Nutrition
Depositing User: ADMIN ADMIN
Date Deposited: 11 Aug 2011 09:30
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2017 11:46
URI: http://eprints.ums.edu.my/id/eprint/1395

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