Course overview

Keeping the Consumer Informed explores the issues raised when seeking to establish effective controls on the provision of food information to consumers. It is often stated that consumers have a ‘right to know’ what is in their food. However, consumer interest varies based on their culture, preferences, socio-economic standing and background.

Unlike much of food regulation where risk analysis can be used to determine appropriate safety controls, the amount of information that is legally required relating to composition and quality is more a political or societal choice. In addition, there are many opportunities for products to be marketed with much more detailed information than the legally required minimum, but that information still needs to be accurate.

To assist you with your understanding of Keeping the Consumer Informed we have seven separate Knowledge Nuggets looking at various aspects and insights of the topic: 

KCI1 - Overview of Consumer Requirements & Expectations for Food Information

This Nugget will introduce you to the basic expectations of information provided to the consumer, including the concepts behind this form of labelling, its development over time, and some of the different approaches taken in different national contexts.

Topics addressed through an online video tutorial, plus associated core and support material in this knowledge Nugget include: 

  • Introduction to labelling requirements
  • Historical development
  • Allergen labelling
  • International variations
KCI2 - Food additives & E-Numbers

This Nugget will explore additives and E-numbers, focusing particularly on the work done by the EU to create regulations for these substances. It will also explore the controversy with E-numbers and hyperactivity in children, and the impact this has had on labelling, consumers, and businesses.

Topics addressed through 2 online video tutorials, plus associated core and support material in this Knowledge Nugget include:

  • Early controls
  • EU Additive harmonisation
  • EU Labelling rules
  • Introduction to E-Numbers and their labelling
  • Colours and Hyperactivity
  • Consumer/Business response
KCI3 - Date Marking

.This Nugget will investigate the concept of date marking – indications when a product should be sold by and consumed by. It will introduce the evolution of EU legislation in this area, explore some international alternatives, and look at the effects of date marking on the production of food waste by both businesses and consumers.

Topics addressed through 2 online video tutorials, plus associated core and support material in this knowledge Nugget include:

  • Introduction
  • EU - early directives
  • EU - current controls
  • International variations
  • Businesses and Consumers and food waste
    • EU activity
    • UK activity
KCI4 - Country of Origin

This Nugget will explore the topic of COOL: country of origin labelling. It will explore the current controls on COOL, different international perspectives, and investigate the effects of this information on both consumers and businesses.

Topics addressed through 2 online video tutorials, plus associated core and support material in this knowledge Nugget include:

  • Introduction
  • Early controls
  • Current EU controls
  • International examples
  • Consumer perspectives
  • Business perspectives
KCI5 - Nutrition Labelling

This nugget will address the regulations surrounding nutrition labelling. It will compare EU controls to other international variations, and look at the advantages offered by different systems such as traffic lights vs Guideline Daily Allowances. It will also look at the latest developments in the EU and elsewhere in the world.

Topics addressed through 2 online video tutorials, plus associated core and support material in this knowledge Nugget include:

  • Early ideas
  • EU controls
  • International examples
  • Traffic lights vs GDA
  • European developments
  • Other schemes

 

KCI6 - Claims

This Nugget will explore the question of health claims: suggestions that a product provides either a benefit to the health of the consumer or provides particular nutrition. It will investigate the limitations of those claims, how they are managed, and the different ways that regulating them have been developed in different systems.

Topics addressed through 2 online video tutorials, plus associated core and support material in this knowledge Nugget include:

  • Introduction
  • Nutrition and health claims
  • Claims and advertising
  • International examples

 

KCI7 - Genetic Modifications

This Nugget will explore the contentious issue of genetically modified foods, including the development of different controls to identify GMOs, when that identification is necessary, and major developments within the EU and USA.

Topics addressed through an online video tutorial, plus associated core and support material in this knowledge Nugget include:

  • Introduction
  • Development of controls
  • Food and feed regulation 1829/2003
  • USA developments

 

Book Now 

It's quick and simple to register for our Knowledge Nuggets by clicking on the 'Book Now' button above.    Once your registration has been received we will be in touch to arrange payment, start dates and access to the University of Reading's Virtual Learning Environent.

If you would like any further information, or would like to discuss any of the options available please contact us:

Tel:  0118 378 3312/ 0118 378 8722

Email:  aftp@reading.ac.uk

Key facts

Course Dates
Monthly start dates
Type/Duration
10 weeks of unlimited access
Entry Requirements
None
Credits
0
Cost
£30.00
Fee info
Per Nugget
Course Provider
University Of Reading
Provider Reference Number
KN-IFL
Course Arrangements
Full joining instructions will be confirmed by the course provider.
Course Location
Online, University of Reading
Cohort
Mixed Cohort
Course Logistics
Courses are delivered entirely online through the University of Reading's Virtual Learning Environment.
CPD Awarding Body
EIT Food
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