Consumer Concerns Relating to Food Labeling and Trust-Australian Governance Actors Respond

Emma Tonkin, John Coveney, Trevor Webb, Annabelle Wilson, Samantha Meyer

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    This study aims to report and critically analyze the responses of governance actors to a set of consumers' concerns relating to food labeling, and by doing so describe how these actors construct both consumer perspectives and the food policy environment in which they work. Fifteen food-labeling governance actors in Australia and New Zealand were asked to view an online presentation of the findings from a previous study exploring consumer perspectives on food labeling and trust before completing a one-hour, in-depth, semi-structured interview. Colebatch's social constructionist perspective on policy was adopted in the analysis. Participants used their own constructions of Australian food policy, the role of labeling and consumer trust as a means to minimize the consumer concerns. Inadequate critical engagement with the moral dimension of consumer concerns is a core driver of the inertia demonstrated in the Australian government's approach to addressing consumer concerns regarding food matters.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)349-372
    Number of pages24
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2018


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