The NOVA system and ultra-processed foods in relation to consumer decision-making in foods choice

Authors

  • Mária Angelovičová Slovak University of Agriculture, Faculty of Biotechnology and Food Sciences, Department of Food Hygiene and Safety, Trieda A. Hlinku 2, 949 76 Nitra, Slovakia, Tel.: +421 37 641 5805
  • Lucia Zeleňáková Slovak University of Agriculture, Faculty of Biotechnology and Food Sciences, Department of Hygiene and Food Safety, Trieda A. Hlinku 2, 949 76 Nitra, Slovakia, Tel.: +421 641 4771 https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1387-7410
  • Peter Zajác Slovak University of Agriculture, Faculty of Biotechnology and Food Sciences, Department of Hygiene and Food Safety, Trieda A. Hlinku 2, 949 76 Nitra, Slovakia, Tel.: +421 641 4771 https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4425-4374
  • Jozef Čapla Slovak University of Agriculture, Faculty of Biotechnology and Food Sciences, Department of Hygiene and Food Safety, Trieda A. Hlinku 2, 949 76 Nitra, Slovakia, Tel.: +421 641 4771 https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9475-6359

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.5219/1358

Keywords:

NOVA food classification system, specific item, methodology, ultra-processed food, strawberry yogurt

Abstract

The purpose of the study was to investigate strawberry yogurt according to the NOVA food classification system. The object of research were strawberry yogurts from 6 different manufacturers, which are commonly available to food consumers, were randomly selected to investigate food samples under the NOVA food classification system. Based on this food, we present a methodology for assessing food safety with the application of the procedure. At the same time, we justify the classified food to Group 4, i.e. one of the 4 groups according to the NOVA system of food classification on a scientific basis, knowledge from the scientific literature. The evaluated results of the labeling of strawberry yogurt from various producers indicate that they are all classified as ultra-processed foods. Their characteristic feature is that they are industrial products with five or more, and usually many, items. Strawberry yogurt samples from various manufacturers evaluated contained 7 to 12 specific items that are not basic raw material, i.e. unprocessed or minimally processed food of Group 1.

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Published

2020-10-28

How to Cite

Angelovičová, M., Zeleňáková, L., Zajác, P., & Čapla, J. (2020). The NOVA system and ultra-processed foods in relation to consumer decision-making in foods choice. Potravinarstvo Slovak Journal of Food Sciences, 14, 914–920. https://doi.org/10.5219/1358

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