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Funder: European Commission
Project dates: Jan 2012 - Aug 2016

The CLYMBOL project was led by the European Food Information Council with 13 other partners, from nine different countries. Partners included university-based research groups including the CPNP, a government agency and an international retailer. 

The project investigated the effects of health-related claims (including health symbols) on food packaging on the purchasing and consumption of foods. Health-related claims are phrases such ‘low fat’ or ‘good for your heart’ and include health symbols such as the Nordic Keyhole symbol which signals that a foods is a healthier choice.

As our contribution to the CLYMBOL project CPNP:

  • conducted a systematic review of the previous literature on the impact of health related claims on dietary choices
  •  developed the protocol for, and helped analyse the results of a survey of health-related claims on pre-packaged foods available to purchase in the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, and Slovenia
  • carried out analyses to compare the nutritional quality of foods that carry health-related claims and foods that do not
  • developed a model to predict the impact of health-related claims on mortality from non-communicable diseases in the UK under different regulatory scenarios. 


  • Mike Rayner
    Mike Rayner

    Professor of Population Health and Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre on Population Approaches for Non-Communicable Disease Prevention (CC PNP)

  • Peter Scarborough
    Peter Scarborough

    Associate Professor and University Research Lecturer

  • Asha Kaur
    Asha Kaur