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Consumers on the Internet: ethical and legal aspects of commercialization of personalized nutrition
Ethics Unit, Centre for Theology and Religious Studies, Lund University, Lund, Sweden.
Centre for Applied Ethics, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden.
Keller and Heckman LLP, Brussels, Belgium.
LEI, Wageningen University and Research Centre, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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2013 (English)In: Genes & Nutrition, ISSN 1555-8932, E-ISSN 1865-3499, Vol. 8, no 4, 349-355 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Consumers often have a positive attitude to the option of receiving personalized nutrition advice based upon genetic testing, since the prospect of enhancing or maintaining one’s health can be perceived as empowering. Current direct-to-consumer services over the Internet, however, suffer from a questionable level of truthfulness and consumer protection, in addition to an imbalance between far-reaching promises and contrasting disclaimers. Psychological and behavioral studies indicate that consumer acceptance of a new technology is primarily explained by the end user’s rational and emotional interpretation as well as moral beliefs. Results from such studies indicate that personalized nutrition must create true value for the consumer. Also, the freedom to choose is crucial for consumer acceptance. From an ethical point of view, consumer protection is crucial, and caution must be exercised when putting nutrigenomic-based tests and advice services on the market. Current Internet offerings appear to reveal a need to further guaranty legal certainty by ensuring privacy, consumer protection and safety. Personalized nutrition services are on the borderline between nutrition and medicine. Current regulation of this area is incomplete and undergoing development. This situation entails the necessity for carefully assessing and developing existing rules that safeguard fundamental rights and data protection while taking into account the sensitivity of data, the risks posed by each step in their processing, and sufficient guarantees for consumers against potential misuse.

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2013. Vol. 8, no 4, 349-355 p.
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Personalized nutrition Direct-to-consumer Nutrigenomic tests Attitudes Consumer acceptance Ethics Legal regulation
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-20869DOI: 10.1007/s12263-013-0331-0ISI: 000320733200003Local ID: HLKSkolnäraISOAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-20869DiVA: diva2:611979
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Food4Me
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EU, FP7, Seventh Framework Programme
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This study was conducted on behalf of the Food4Me project. Food4Me is the acronym of the EU FP7 project: “Personalised nutrition: an integrated analysis of opportunities and challenges” (Contract no. KBBE.2010.2.3-02, Project no. 265494). The Parties of the project are listed on the Web site of the project, http://www.food4me.org/. The project co-ordination was carried out at University College Dublin, Ireland, Institute of Food and Health; Project Coordinator: Professor Michael J Gibney, Project Manager: Dr. Marianne Walsh. For overall correspondence regarding the Food4Me project: Professor Michael J Gibney, UCD Institute of Food and Health, University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland, Tel: +353-1-716-2824, Mail: mike.gibney@ucd.ie.

Available from: 2013-03-19 Created: 2013-03-19 Last updated: 2016-09-20Bibliographically approved

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