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Regulation and Consumer Interest in an Antioxidant-Enriched Ham Associated with Reduced Colorectal Cancer Risks

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UMR Économie Publique, INRA, Université Paris-Saclay, F-78850 Grignon, France
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Toxalim (Research Centre in Food Toxicology), Toulouse University, INRAE UMR 1331, ENVT, INP-Purpan, UPS, 31300 Toulouse, France
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Academic Editor: Robert Hamlin
Nutrients 2021, 13(5), 1542; https://doi.org/10.3390/nu13051542
Received: 30 March 2021 / Revised: 20 April 2021 / Accepted: 27 April 2021 / Published: 3 May 2021
(This article belongs to the Section Nutrition and Public Health)
An economic experiment was conducted in France in 2020 to evaluate consumer attitudes toward two ham products associated with different colorectal cancer risks. We focused specifically on comparing a conventional ham and a new hypothetical antioxidant-enriched ham with a reduced risk of provoking colorectal cancer. Study participants were given descriptions of the two hams before carrying out successive rounds of willingness-to-pay (WTP) assessments. The results show that WTP was higher for the antioxidant-enriched ham than for the conventional ham. WTP estimates were also impacted by providing additional information about the reduction in colorectal cancer risk associated with the antioxidant-enriched ham. Based on the participants’ WTP, we came up with ex ante estimates for the social impacts of introducing the antioxidant-enriched ham onto the market, and we suggest that it would be socially optimal to promote the product. Competition arising from pre-existing product labelling and marketing assertions could greatly limit the market potential of antioxidant-enriched ham, which suggests that alternative approaches may be necessary, such as regulations mandating antioxidant enrichment. These results also concern all countries with high levels of meat consumption. View Full-Text
Keywords: experimental economics; meat consumption; consumers’ preferences; risks; colorectal cancer experimental economics; meat consumption; consumers’ preferences; risks; colorectal cancer
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Marette, S.; Guéraud, F.; Pierre, F. Regulation and Consumer Interest in an Antioxidant-Enriched Ham Associated with Reduced Colorectal Cancer Risks. Nutrients 2021, 13, 1542. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu13051542

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Marette S, Guéraud F, Pierre F. Regulation and Consumer Interest in an Antioxidant-Enriched Ham Associated with Reduced Colorectal Cancer Risks. Nutrients. 2021; 13(5):1542. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu13051542

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Marette, Stéphan, Françoise Guéraud, and Fabrice Pierre. 2021. "Regulation and Consumer Interest in an Antioxidant-Enriched Ham Associated with Reduced Colorectal Cancer Risks" Nutrients 13, no. 5: 1542. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu13051542

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