Document Type : Research Paper


1 Food Science and Quality Control Department, Sulaimani Polytechnic University, KRG, Iraq.

2 Food Technology Department, College of Agricultural Engineering Sciences, Univercity of Salahaddin, KRG, Iraq.

3 Statistics and Informatics Department, College of Administration and Economics, Sulaimani University, KRG, Iraq.


This study was considered the distribution of samples according to socio demographic characteristics and their relationship with food labelling survey in Sulaimani city. Food labelling information used as a basic for all other parameters such as consumers education levels, gender, consumers able to read food labelling, know regarding of food labelling, sensitivity or illness by some foods and consumers age. Regarding the consumer’s education level, the low, medium and high literate skills level of consumers were showed that to be higher than the level illiterate skills with attention and use food labelling information before purchase it. In addition, 52% of female respondents were checking the food labelling information before purchase the food. Although, there were no significant differences between information in related to gender. Otherwise, the data are associated to the read of food labelling information, it can be identified that our consumers generally notice information labels, but do not take much attention in its content. Concerning the question of are you know food labelling information? There were statistically significant differences between foods labelling information in related to be you know? For the sensitivity or illness parameter in this study. The results discovered that, there were statistically significant differences between information in related to Sensitivity or Illness as well as, quarter of the respondents (75%) did not read the food information. Finally, consumers within the age group 41 and above use food labelling information less than consumers within the age group between 18-40 ages.


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