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PHD RESEARCH  |  Working on my seminar paper; A study of front-of-package food labels, with particular reference to use of the term ‘pure’, a part of the research seminar at the Department of Typography & Graphic Communication, University of Reading, 17 May 2018.

Today there are contested opinions about the impact of nutrition and health claims on front-of-package food labels on consumer behaviour. To understand the integration and the reasons for these claims, an understanding of the historical context is necessary. As part of my research project, which involves a diachronic study of food labels in Britain from 1850–1970, this seminar paper will draw attention to the term ‘Pure’ and analyse how the word is presented on labels taking account of the context in which they were produced. Read the paper: Bodil Mostad Olsen_Seminar 17.05.2018

Mustard label from c. 1870, ©Bodleian Library, University of Oxford 2008: John Johnson Collection.