Focus Group Meetings on the Use of Nutrition Labels

The meetings were held on 11, 13 (two sessions), 18 November and 13 December to understand the knowledge and practice on reading nutrition labels among different groups of CLG members (including homemakers, males aged between 50 and 64, students, the elderly and others). Views on publicity channels and educational activities on nutrition labelling were also collected.

Summary of the meetings

In addition, it was observed that certain groups of CLG members faced the following problems when using nutrition labels:

For the publicity channels on nutrition labelling, CLG members made the following suggestions. Means of publicity were listed in order of popularity:

Follow-up Actions

In order to better suit the needs of the public, CLG members' views and suggestions were incorporated when preparing educational resources for publicity and education campaign on nutrition labels.

In response to the concerns of some CLG members over the language and font size used in nutrition labels, we have taken the following actions:

Moreover, a series of activities are planned by making reference to CLG members' views on the publicity channels:

Focus Group Meeting on Publicity and Education on Nutrition Labelling (I) — Shopping Guide, Food Safety Day 2009 and Short Radio Programme

The meeting was held on 22 April to seek CLG members' views on the content and arrangements of various publicity and educational resources and activities on nutrition labelling.

Shopping Guide

To assist consumers in making good use of the information on nutrition labels for healthier food choices when purchasing prepackaged food, a draft Shopping Guide has been prepared.

Food Safety Day 2009 and Short Radio Programme

The CFS organises a Food Safety Day annually to disseminate food safety messages through variety show, game booths and exhibition. The main theme of the next Food Safety Day 2009 was nutrition labelling. To tie in with the Nutrition Labelling Publicity and Education Campaign, CFS also planned to spread the relevant information through radio programmes.

Follow-up Actions

Focus Group Meeting on Publicity and Education on Nutrition Labelling (II) — Dedicated Webpage on Nutrition Labelling and Online Interactive Tool

The meeting was held on 23 April to seek CLG members' views on the dedicated webpage on nutrition labelling and online interactive tool.

Dedicated Webpage on Nutrition Labelling

A designated area with the title "Nutrition Labelling Scheme" has been set up on the CFS website to present publicity and educational resources on nutrition labelling. In order to facilitate users to locate information on nutrition labelling more easily and quickly, CFS planned to revamp the designated area and considered launching a dedicated webpage on nutrition labelling.

Online Interactive Tool

An online interactive tool was being prepared which could provide two practical functions: (i) compare the energy and nutritional contents of prepackaged food and (ii) calculate individual energy and nutritional intakes and the contribution to recommended daily intake/limits.
Members were satisfied with the two functions and suggested:

Follow-up Actions

Dedicated Webpage on Nutrition Labelling

(Please click here to browse the revamped webpage)

Online Interactive Tool on Nutrition Labelling

In response to members' suggestions, we made the following changes to the online interactive tool:

Focus Group Meeting on the Effectiveness of Food Safety Message Dissemination through Food Safety Bulletin

The meeting was held on 29 September to seek CLG members' views on the content and distribution channel of the Food Safety Bulletin (Bulletin) published quarterly by the Centre for Food Safety (CFS).

Views/Suggestions

Follow-up Actions

After taking CLG members' views and suggestions into account, we will make the following changes in the first issue of the Bulletin in 2010.

Focus Group Meeting on the Release of Test Results on Food

The meeting was held on 16 December to collect members' opinion on the content and format of presenting test results in food surveillance, risk assessment studies and food safety incidents. Members' suggestions on the channels of disseminating the test results to the general public were also sought.

Views/Suggestions

Follow-up Actions