Health Claims and the Food Industry

Course Details

Course Number
NUTR 226

Course Description

This course examines the United States food policies governing the use of diet and health information in commercial communications. In the mid-1980s, the food industry began, for the first time in modern history, to use health claims in food advertising and labeling. This proved to be a highly effective marketing method for the food industry. However, the industries use of health claims product promotion created public controversy, and policies – a comprehensive new labeling law as well as many new FDA, USDA and FTC regulations– governing food advertising and labeling that use nutritional and medical information. The object of this course is to review current food policies governing health claims and the regulatory regime controlling their use in commercial communications.

Class meets in Jaharis 118 except on January 31 when class will meet in Jaharis Behrakis Auditorium, Room 130.



Graduate standing or instructor consent.

Terms Offered

Semester/Term SIS Number Meeting Time Location Instructors Syllabus
Spring 2017 22542 Monday 3:15pm - 4:45pm, Tuesday 1:30pm - 3:00pm Jaharis 118 Norbert Wilson, Richard Black, Eleanor N/A
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