Regulating functional foods in the european union: Informed choice versus consumer protection? [Book Review]

Due to the rise of functional foods,the distinction between foods and medicines hasbecome increasingly blurred. A new EUregulation covering health claims and otherclaims on food and drink products is on thedocks. A basic motive of legal regulation oflabeling and advertising is to inform andprotect the consumer. Promotion of informedchoice and consumer protection may, however, beconflicting objectives. A further problemsprings from the fact that choice, likeconsent, is a propositional attitude andtherefore opaque. Thus it is extremelydifficult for regulators to fasten onparticular formulations of claims. Despite theprofessed respect for the autonomy of theconsumer, paternalism is never far away andeasily enters in various guises.
Keywords autonomy  consumer  health claims  paternalism  propositional attitude
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DOI 10.1023/B:JAGE.0000004965.23608.62
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Helena Siipi & Susanne Uusitalo (2008). Consumer Autonomy and Sufficiency of Gmf Labeling. Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 21 (4):353-369.
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