Innovations in Food Labeling

Edited by J Albert 
CRC Press  February 2010  

Hardcover  184 pp  ISBN 9781439824849      £115.00
Increasingly, consumers desire information about the health, safety, environmental, and socioeconomic characteristics of food products; therefore, consumers must use food labels to select products that meet their needs and preferences. Due to this need for accurate, uniform labels, governments are faced with challenges on how to ensure labels are not misleading.

In response to consumer demand for information about the health, safety, environmental, and socioeconomic characteristics of food products, governments are challenged with the development of accurate, uniform labels that are not misleading. Innovations in Food Labeling provides information about the principles and requirements of food labeling and reviews the latest trends in this important area. Following an introduction on the evolution of food labeling, further chapters cover the Codex Alimentarius and food labeling, international trade agreements, nutrition labeling, allergies and food labels and environmental and social labels, among other topics.


Introduction to innovations in food labeling, J Albert, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Introduction: the evolution of food labeling. Standards and legal issues. Labeling to protect and promote health. Labeling to protect the environment and promote sustainable food production. Labeling to promote social well-being and protect culture. Labeling in relation to new technologies.

The Codex Alimentarius and food labeling: delivering consumer protection, A R Randell, former Secretary of the Codex Alimentarius Commission
Introduction. The Codex framework for food labeling. Specific food labeling issues in the Codex general standard. Claims and other interpretative guidelines. Nutrition labeling: health and nutrition claims. Labeling, food safety and allergens. Foods derived from biotechnology. Codex, labeling and advertising. Conclusions. References.

International legal frameworks for food labeling and consumer rights, M Vidar, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Introduction. International human rights law. Consumer protection. International trade agreements. Conclusions. References and further reading.

Government and voluntary policies on nutrition labeling: a global overview, C Hawkes, Independent Consultant, Food and Nutrition Policy
Introduction. Nutrition facts tables. Graphical nutrition labelling. Trends. Conclusions. References.

Labeling of allergenic foods of concern in Europe, S Hattersley and Chun-Han Chan, UK Food Standards Agency
Introduction. Drivers behind the development of specific EU allergen labeling legislation. Exemptions for certain processed ingredients derived from the specified allergenic foods. Other allergen information that manufacturers can choose to put on food packaging. Possible legislative developments in the future, including foods sold non-prepacked. Foods sold as €free from€. Conclusions. References.

Organic food labels: history and latest trends, A Compagnoni, Institute for Ethical and Environmental Certification (ICEA)
Introduction. Organic agriculture definition. From alternative movement to international and national legislations. From niche to mainstream market. Main normative frame. Codex Alimentarius organic norm. International federation of organic agriculture movements (IFOAM) organic norms. Private standards. European Union organic regulation. United States organic rules (NOP). Japanese agricultural standard of organic agricultural products (JAS). International task force for organic regulations harmonization and equivalence. Some examples of public and private organic labels and logos. References.

FAO€s ecolabeling guidelines for marine capture fisheries: an international standard, R Willmann, K Cochrane and W Emerson, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Introduction. Why ecolabeling. History of the FAO ecolabeling guidelines for fish and fishery products. The development of the FAO ecolabeling guidelines. Conclusions. References.

Voluntary environmental and social labels in the food sector, P Liu, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Introduction. Background: environmental and social issues in agriculture. Main environmental and social labeling schemes in agriculture. Fair-trade. Main markets for labeled foods. Benefits and costs for producers. Case study: organic bananas. Case study: Fairtrade-labelled coffee. Conclusions. References.

Geographic origin and identification labels: associating food quality with location, E Vandecandelaere, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Introduction. Labels on quality linked to geographical origin: rules and diversity in the international context. The reasons of development of geographical indications. Setting up a GI label: a two level approach. Conclusions. Acknowledgements. References.

New technologies and food labeling: the controversy over labeling of foods derived from genetically modified crops, J Albert, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Agricultural biotechnology and consumers. Policy options. Commercial experiences with labeling. Conclusions. References.

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