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ERIC Number: EJ953673
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1499-4046
School Foodservice Personnel's Struggle with Using Labels to Identify Whole-Grain Foods
Chu, Yen Li; Orsted, Mary; Marquart, Len; Reicks, Marla
Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, v44 n1 p76-84 Jan-Feb 2012
Objective: To describe how school foodservice personnel use current labeling methods to identify whole-grain products and the influence on purchasing for school meals. Methods: Focus groups explored labeling methods to identify whole-grain products and barriers to incorporating whole-grain foods in school meals. Qualitative analysis procedures and the constant comparative method were used to analyze data. Results: Participants were school foodservice personnel (n = 67) in 5 states across the United States. Limited ability and confidence were demonstrated in identifying whole-grain products from label information, statements, and claims. Participants indicated a need for a uniform labeling method such as whole-grain content to assist in ordering and purchasing. High cost and low acceptability were listed as barriers to incorporating whole-grain foods in school meals. Conclusions and Implications: Whole-grain product labeling should be improved to enhance understanding by foodservice personnel so that whole grains are included in school meals. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States