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Periodic Revisions of the International Choices Criteria: Process and Results

Choices International Foundation, 2501 HE The Hague, The Netherlands
School of Public Health and Community Medicine, Institute of Medicine, University of Gothenburg, 405 30 Gothenburg, Sweden
Nutrition and Dietetics Division, International Medical University, Kuala Lumpur 57000, Malaysia
Formerly Department of Micronutrient Research, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), National Institute of Nutrition, Hyderabad 500007, India
Department of Nutrition & Dietetics, University of Nigeria, Nsukka 410001, Nigeria
Institute of Nutrition and Food Technology (INTA), University of Chile, 7810000 Santiago, Chile
National Institute of Nutrition and Health, Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Beijing 100050, China
Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, Hasan Kalyoncu University, 27100 Gaziantep, Turkey
Department of Nutrition and Health HAS University of Applied Sciences, 5200 MA’s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands
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Nutrients 2020, 12(9), 2774;
Received: 23 June 2020 / Revised: 31 August 2020 / Accepted: 7 September 2020 / Published: 11 September 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Nutrition and Public Health)
Unhealthy diets contribute to an increased risk of non-communicable diseases, which are the leading causes of deaths worldwide. Nutrition policies such as front-of-pack labeling have been developed and implemented globally in different countries to stimulate healthier diets. The Choices Programme, including the International Choices criteria, is an established tool to support the implementation of such policies. The Choices criteria were developed to define the healthier choices per product group, taking saturated fatty acids, trans fatty acids, sodium, sugars, energy, and fiber into account. To keep these criteria updated, they are periodically revised by an independent international scientific committee. This paper explains the most important changes resulting from revisions between 2010 and 2016 and describes the process of the latest revision, resulting in the International Choices criteria version 2019. Revisions were based on national and international nutrition and dietary recommendations, large food composition databases, and stakeholders’ feedback. Other nutrient profiling systems served as benchmarks. The product group classification was adapted and new criteria were determined in order to enhance global applicability and form a credible, intuitively logical system for users. These newly developed criteria will serve as an international standard for healthier products and provide a guiding framework for food and nutrition policies. View Full-Text
Keywords: nutrient profiling; front-of-pack labeling; revision methodology; international choices criteria nutrient profiling; front-of-pack labeling; revision methodology; international choices criteria
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van den Assum, S.; Schilpzand, R.; Lissner, L.; Don, R.; Nair, K.M.; Nnam, N.; Uauy, R.; Yang, Y.; Pekcan, A.G.; Roodenburg, A.J.C. Periodic Revisions of the International Choices Criteria: Process and Results. Nutrients 2020, 12, 2774.

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van den Assum S, Schilpzand R, Lissner L, Don R, Nair KM, Nnam N, Uauy R, Yang Y, Pekcan AG, Roodenburg AJC. Periodic Revisions of the International Choices Criteria: Process and Results. Nutrients. 2020; 12(9):2774.

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van den Assum, Sylvie, Rutger Schilpzand, Lauren Lissner, Rokiah Don, Krishnapillai M. Nair, Ngozi Nnam, Ricardo Uauy, Yuexin Yang, Ayla G. Pekcan, and Annet J.C. Roodenburg 2020. "Periodic Revisions of the International Choices Criteria: Process and Results" Nutrients 12, no. 9: 2774.

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