Austria: nutrition policy snapshot

This snapshot presents strengths and weaknesses of national nutrition policy actions in Austria. Compare Austria with other European countries in our NOURISHING policy index.

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Austria implements nutrition and diet-related policy actions in 5 out of the 10 policy areas of the NOURISHING framework. The highest assessment achieved was moderate on policies to limit or remove specific nutrients in food products (I1).

Nutrition label standards and regulations (N1) which include only EU wide policies, need to be strengthened at national level. There is a lack of sugar-sweetened beverage provisions in schools and of regulations on food availability within the school vicinity which have an impact on otherwise well-designed standards on school food and food in other out-of-education locations (O). Weak food based dietary guidelines and an absence of public awareness campaigns on nutrition (I2) were also identified.

No action was taken at national level in half of the framework therefore policy areas need to be prioritised in using financial incentives to increase affordability and accessibility of healthier food. An example through the implementation of health-related food taxes (U), and marketing to young people, particularly in/around schools (R), the retail environment (S), nutrition advice and counselling in healthcare settings (N2) along with strengthening public food procurement policies by implementing further policy actions within this area (H).

Download a full analysis and breakdown of Austria’s results (pdf, English)

This country snapshot presents detailed results of the NOURISHING policy index for Austria. Full index results are outlined in the NOURISHING policy brief (pdf), which compares Austria with other European countries and explains the methods for producing this snapshot and the index.

The index assesses if national government policy actions exist across all areas of the NOURISHING framework and, if so, how well designed they are. We produced this assessment by benchmarking policies from Austria, collected through a comprehensive scan. You can view all benchmarked policies in our NOURISHING database.

Overview of nutrition policy status in Austria

Austria NOURISHING overview

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