The Stakeholders’ Views on Factors Influencing Nutrition Policy: A Qualitative Study Across Ten European CountriesEuropean Countries

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    Marta Jeruszka-Bielak, Department of Human Nutrition , Warsaw University of Life Sciences-SGGW, PolandEwa Sicinska, Department of Human Nutrition , Warsaw University of Life Sciences-SGGW, PolandLiesbeth de Wit, Food Consumer Behaviour and Health Research Centre, Department of Psychology, University of Surrey, United KingdomJiří Ruprich, Department for Food Safety and Nutrition , The National Institute of Public Health in Prague, Czech RepublicIrena Řehůřková, Department for Food Safety and Nutrition , The National Institute of Public Health in Prague, Czech RepublicKerry A. Brown, Food Consumer Behaviour and Health Research Centre, Department of Psychology, University of Surrey, United KingdomLada Timotijevic, Food Consumer Behaviour and Health Research Centre, Department of Psychology, University of Surrey, United KingdomAnne-Mette Sonne, University of Southern Denmark, DenmarkPernille Haugaard, DenmarkAntonella Guzzon, Hylobates Consulting srl , Rome, ItalyNoé Brito García, Department of Clinical Science , University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, SpainEleni Alevritou, GreeceMaria Hermoso, Ludwig-Maximilians University, GermanyYuliya Sarmant, Germany
  • Liisa Lähteenmäki
  • Wojciech Roszkowski, Warsaw Agriculture University, Department of Human Nutrition, PolandMonique M. Raats, Food, Consumer Behaviour and Health Research Centre, University of Surrey, United Kingdom
The objective was to identify the main factors infl uencing micronutrient policies in the opinion of policy actors in ten European countries. Study was carried out during Jan-Nov 2010 in European countries: the Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland and Spain. Semi-structured qualitative interviews were conducted with representatives of stakeholders involved in the vitamin D, folate and iodine policy making process. Fifty eight key informants representing mainly scientifi c advisory bodies (n=24) and governmental organisations (n=19) participated in the study. The remaining interviewees represented non-governmental organisations (n=6), industry (n=4) or were independent academic or health professional experts (n=5). Data were analysed by theoretical interpretative thematic analysis. Insights from interviewees on the development of micronutrient policies were grouped using the Public Health Nutrition Policy-making model. The main factors infl uencing the micronutrient policies were: systematic monitoring of nutrition and health, causal relationships between consumers’ diet-related behaviours and health outcomes, scientific recommendations from national bodies (Science area); scientific recommendations from international authorities and experiences of other countries, EU legislation, cultural factors (Wider context) and political environment, national capacity to deal with the problem, national legislation,
economics, stakeholder engagement, relationships between stakeholders (Policy and institutions area). The spectrum and weight of the factors influencing nutritional policy depends on nutrient, country and degree of its “advanced status” within nutrition policy, political environment, culture and socio-economic conditions as well as the point of view (who is expressing the opinion).
Original languageEnglish
JournalPolish Journal of Food and Nutrition Sciences
Volume65
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)293-302
Number of pages10
ISSN1230-0322
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StatePublished - 2015

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  • public health, nutrition, micronutrients, policy actors, qualitative study, factors

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