Korean J Community Nutr.  2010 Apr;15(2):240-252.

Development of Risk Communication Strategy and Educational Homepage on Food Additives

  • 1Major in Elementary Science & Technology Education for Life, Graduate School of Education, Seoul National University of Education, Seoul, Korea.
  • 2Department of Science & Technology Education for Life, Seoul National University of Education, Seoul, Korea. kimjwe@snue.ac.kr


The purpose of this research was to develop risk communication (RC) strategy and educational web-site on food additives for elementary students and their parents to improve their perception on food additives and dietary life. First of all, a survey was conducted from 1,200 elementary children and their parents to diagnose the perception and information needs on food additives. The survey revealed that most children and their parents did not have enough knowledge on food additives and demanded the safety information on food additives. Second, previous researches on food communication were analyzed to develop a risk communication model, and it was directly applied in this study. Third, a web site (www.foodnara.go.kr/foodaddy) was developed to upload the education materials along with up-to-date information and classroom activities for teachers on food additives. Fourth, the developed homepage was evaluated by applying to about 100 children and parents each, and majority of them showed high levels of understanding (children 85.7%, parents 79%) and satisfaction (children 77.2%, parents 64%), and the effect of getting over the prejudice against food additives was observed. The RC model developed in this study could be applied to any food risk communication, and the content and materials in this web site including booklets, animations, and quiz could be used effectively to promote the communication on food additives. In the future, it will be necessary to advertise the web site to be utilized by various consumer levels and to update the contents continuously by developing consumer-friendly communication materials.


food additives; risk communication; strategy; educational homepage

MeSH Terms

Food Additives
Food Additives
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