An evaluation and exploration of Irish food-service businesses' uptake of and attitudes towards a voluntary government-led menu energy (calorie) labelling initiative

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dc.contributor.author Fitzgerald, Sarah
dc.contributor.author Gilgan, Lauri
dc.contributor.author McCarthy, Mary
dc.contributor.author Perry, Ivan J.
dc.contributor.author Geaney, Fiona
dc.date.accessioned 2018-09-13T08:52:28Z
dc.date.available 2018-09-13T08:52:28Z
dc.date.issued 2018-08-16
dc.identifier.citation Fitzgerald, S., Gilgan, L., McCarthy, M., Perry, I. J. and Geaney, F. (2018) 'An evaluation and exploration of Irish food-service businesses' uptake of and attitudes towards a voluntary government-led menu energy (calorie) labelling initiative', Public Health Nutrition, pp. 1-14. doi:10.1017/S1368980018001969 en
dc.identifier.startpage 1 en
dc.identifier.endpage 14 en
dc.identifier.issn 1368-9800
dc.identifier.issn 1475-2727
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/6766
dc.identifier.doi 10.1017/S1368980018001969
dc.description.abstract Objective: To investigate the uptake of and attitudes towards a voluntary government-led energy (calorie) menu labelling initiative in Ireland among a representative sample of food-service businesses and to inform further actions that may need to be undertaken to facilitate successful implementation. Design: A mixed-methods approach, incorporating a national telephone survey, structured observation visits and semi-structured interviews. Setting: Twenty-six counties in the Republic of Ireland. Subjects: A random selection of food-service businesses (n 604) participated in the telephone survey. Businesses which indicated that they did display calories were selected to participate in structured observation visits (n 42), along with a random sample (n 38) of businesses that did not display calories. A purposive sample of thirteen food-service business owners who participated in the telephone survey participated in semi-structured interviews. Results: In the telephone survey, 7 % (n 42) of food businesses reported displaying calories and the observation visits revealed that of these businesses, 10 % (n 4) were not displaying calorie information. Three major themes emerged from the semi-structured interviews: uncertainty, impact on business and consumer nutrition knowledge. Participants expressed concerns regarding inaccuracies in the calorie information, cost and time implications, mistrust in the food-service industry and poor nutritional knowledge among consumers. These concerns impeded the implementing of calorie menu labelling. Conclusions: A multifactorial approach that incorporates guidance and support (training/tax incentives), practical assistance (user-friendly calorie calculation software), a reasonable legislative structure and a standardised monitoring system is needed to facilitate the successful implementation of calorie menu labelling. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Cambridge University Press on behalf of the Nutrition Society en
dc.rights © 2018, the Authors. Published by Cambridge University Press on behalf of the Nutrition Society. All rights reserved. en
dc.subject Calorie menu labelling en
dc.subject Calorie menu posting en
dc.subject Menu labelling en
dc.subject Food-service businesses en
dc.title An evaluation and exploration of Irish food-service businesses' uptake of and attitudes towards a voluntary government-led menu energy (calorie) labelling initiative en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Ivan Perry, Public Health, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: i.perry@ucc.ie en
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dc.check.date 2019-08-18
dc.date.updated 2018-09-13T08:25:01Z
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dc.contributor.funder University College Cork en
dc.contributor.funder Department of Health
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Public Health Nutrition en
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dc.internal.IRISemailaddress i.perry@ucc.ie en


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