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    Dear participant,                                                                                                                             a
                                                                                                                                                  b
    Welcome to this survey on the "Social Impact Assessment of Sports Foods Regulation".                                                          c
    Thank you for your interest in this survey, which is part of a research study into the regulation of "Foods Intended to Meet                  d
    the Expenditure of Intense Muscular Effort ", being undertaken at the University of Ulster.                                                   e
    You are under no obligation to take part, but your contribution will be invaluable.                                                           f
                                                                                                                                                  f
    Before consenting to take part in this survey, please read carefully the "Participant Information sheet" below:                               g
                                        Click here to read the Participant Information Sheet                                                      h
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    YOUR PARTICIPATION CONSENT                                                                                                                    j
                                                                                                                                                  k
    Please mark "x" in the box against each declaration below to provide your consent to participate in this survey:                              l
                                                                                                                                                  m
                               I have read and fully understood the "Participant Information Sheet" to my satisfaction.                           n
                               I understand that I may ask further questions at any time.                                                         o
                                                                                                                                                  p
                               I confirm that I fully understand how the investigators intend to use all information I disclose.
                               I agree to take part in the survey, but I understand that I have the right to withdraw from the survey
                               at any time and to decline to answer any particular questions, without disclosing the reason.
    INSTRUCTIONS

    Please, familiarise yourself with the following instructions:
                        1 "SPORTS FOODS" in this survey INCLUDE:
                          a) Carbohydrate and protein rich products, like: bars, carbohydrate-energy gels, drinks
                             and powders; protein shakes, drinks and concentrates in powdered or liquid forms, etc.;
                          b) Sports drinks (carbohydrate-electrolyte drinks).

                        2 "SPORTS FOODS" in this survey EXCLUDE:
                          a) Supplements of vitamins, minerals, creatine, caffeine, carnitine, HMB and other legal substances;
                          b) Drugs or doping substances banned by WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency);
                          c) Herbal supplements.

                        3 "PRODUCT(S)" in this survey refer to "sports foods".

                        4 COMPLETING THE QUESTIONNAIRE:

    Please complete this questionnaire without any help from others, and without consulting any source of information.

    Our preferred option is that you answer to this questionnaire electronically, using this document, and e-mail it back to:
    Suzane Leser, suzane.m.leser@gsk.com.

    Or, you can choose to answer this questionnaire in a printed hard copy and post it back to:
    Suzane Leser, GlaxoSmithKline, 11 Stoke Poges Lane, Slough, SL1 3NW.

    Should you require a pre-paid envelop, please send me an e-mail now with your request and address, so I can immediately
    post this to you:              Suzane Leser: suzane.m.leser@gsk.com


                               I have read and fully understood the instructions above


    You are now ready to begin.
    If you have any queries please contact me directly: suzane.m.leser@gsk.com, 07920 568 452

    Please mark "x" inside the relevant boxes or type in your answers in the fields provided:

1   Gender:                    Male                  Female

2   Age (years):               18 - 24               25 - 34                 35 - 44              45 or more

3   Where in the UK are you based?

                               Wales                 N Ireland               North of England
                               Scotland              Midlands                South of England


4   What is your main sport or exercise?


5   Your level:                Professional, competing                       Amateur, competing
                               Fitness, challenging myself                   Fitness, body tone, strength, weight control and/or health

6   For how long have you been participating in your sport or exercise?
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                                 < 5 years             5 to 10 years               > 10 years

7    How informed are you about sports nutrition?

           Not informed at all        1        2         3        4            5       6        7    Very informed
     Using the given scale of 1 to 7 above, in which 1 = "Not informed at all"; 7 = "Very informed" , please mark the box
     below with the number which best represents your answer:
              Number         best represents how informed I am about sports nutrition

8    Do you use or have you used sports foods?

                             Mark all options that apply:
                       a)        Yes, sports foods like energy bars, protein bars, shakes, powders, gels, etc.
                       b)        Yes, sports drinks (carbohydrate-electrolyte drinks).
                       c)        No, I never use any of the above.

                                 If you answered "No" to question 8 above, it would be helpful if you could state below any
                                 reasons you may have for not using sports foods:




            IF YOU ANSWERED "No, I never use any of the above" in question 8, please click here to continue to question 15
                        IF YOU ANSWERED "Yes" in question 8, please continue to QUESTION 9, below:

9    Why do you use or have you used sports food? Consider all sports foods you have used.

                             Mark all options that apply:
                       a)        It is easy to use, portable and a convenient way to meet my sports nutrition strategy
                       b)        It helps to meet my increased nutritional needs from training
                       c)        I clearly feel the difference to my results
                       d)        It gives me the confidence I'm optimising my results
                       e)        It is proven by science to optimise results
                       f)        I've been told to try it by someone I train with, friend or family member
                       g)        I've been told to try it by a product representative or by in-store advice
                       h)        I've heard about the benefits of it in the media (magazines, internet, TV, newspapers, etc.)
                       i)        I've learned about the benefits of it in textbooks or educational lectures
                       j)        My coach, nutritionist, personal trainer or doctor recommended it to me
                       k)        It is the only option of food available for purchase at my gym, club or health centre
                       l)        The best athletes use it
                       m)        It is healthier than other industrialised products
                       n)        It can be more effective than ordinary foods / meals
                       o)        I've been given it for free or bought it for a promotional price
                       p)        Other(s), please specify:

     From the options marked above, which do you consider to be the most important reason you use(d) sports foods?

                    Letter       is the most important reason.


10   What factors about the sports food do you consider when choosing for a product?

     Please number the factors below as "1", "2" or "3", according to the following instructions:

                             1 Determines my choice
                             2 Important, but does not determine my choice
                             3 Not important to my choice

                       Factors:
                       a)        Identification with the brand
                       b)        On-pack claims on what I expect it to do for me
                       c)        What's in it (product composition, amount of nutrients or type of ingredients)
                       d)        Informative website, guide, booklet, catalogue, leaflet, advertising, etc.
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                            e)        Endorsement from elite athletes / top users
                            f)        Endorsement from nutritionists, coaches or other health professionals
                            g)        Availability - easy to obtain it when I need it
                            h)        Low price
                            i)        Good taste
                            j)        Easy to use, portable and convenient pack
                            k)        Certified absence of banned substances
                            l)        Other(s), please specify:

     From the options marked as "1" above, which do you consider to be the most important factor to your choice?

                        Letter        is the most important.


11   How much do you agree or disagree with the statements below?
     Use the given scale of 1 to 7, in which 1 = "I strongly disagree" ; 7 = "I strongly agree" .
     Mark the box against each statement with the number which best represents your opinion.

             I strongly disagree             1          2           3   4       5           6         7       I strongly agree

                                 Mark " 0 " if your answer is "I don't know".
                            a)        Sports foods are clearly different from ordinary foods in their composition to offer me
                                      special benefits that I wouldn't get otherwise
                            b)        I trust the advertising and promotion of sports foods to be fair and accurate in communicating
                                      their purpose and effectiveness
                            c)        I would pay a bit more for a sports food which claims effects and properties that can optimise
                                      my results
                            d)        I often look to try new sports foods that claim to help optimise my results
                            e)        If I take part in sports events abroad, I'd like to have the assurance that a sports food I purchase
                                      in, for example, Germany, is as effective and safe as a sports food I purchase in the UK


12   Can you recall a time when you think you may have been misled by claims made for a sports food?
     Consider advertising, websites. labels, etc.

                                      Yes                          No                   I can't remember

     If "Yes", could you please briefly describe the incidence:




13   In this question you will find 3 scenarios in which you will be asked to choose a food product to meet an specific need,
     based on packaging information, only. Please, do not consider food allergies and intolerances in your choice, if you have any.

     Scenario 1: if you had to choose a bar to eat before or during training, with the aim of maintaining your energy levels
     throughout your exercise session, which bar below would you choose?

     BAR 1:                                                                     BAR 2:

     Nutrition Information per 55 g serving                                     Nutrition Information per 58 g serving
     Energy, kcal               213                                             Energy, kcal             295
     Protein, g                 10                                              Protein, g               5.5
     Carbohydrate, g            23                                              Carbohydrate, g          31
     Fat, g                     9                                               Fat, g                   16
     INGREDIENTS: Chocolate flavour coating (sugar,                             INGREDIENTS: Sugar, peanuts, glucose syrup,
     vegetable fat, fat-reduced cocoa powder, protein                           vegetable fat, skimmed milk powder, cocoa butter,
     enriched whey powder, skimmed milk powder, emulsifiers                     cocoa mass, lactose, milk fat, whey powder, emulsifiers
     (soya lecithin, polyglycerol polyricinoleate), flavouring:                 (soya lecithin, ammonium salts of phosphatidic acid),
     vanillin), caramel paste (glucose-fructose syrup, sugar,                   salt, egg white powder, natural vanilla extract,
     vegetable fat, sweetened condensed skimmed milk,                           hydrolysed milk protein, hydrogenated vegetable fat.
     butter oil, emulsifier: mono- and diglycerides of fatty
     acids, gelling agent: carrageenan, salt, flavouring),
     humectants (maltitol syrup, glycerol), glucose syrup, soya
     protein crisps (soya protein, tapioca starch, salt), invert
     sugar syrup, oat fibre, peanut butter (3,8%), lactose, milk
     protein, soya protein, peanuts (3,6%), peanut flour
     (3,5%), inulin, maltodextrin, vitamins (C, E, niacin, B6,
     riboflavin, thiamin, B12), flavouring (with peanuts and
     sesame), calcium carbonate, salt, magnesium carbonate,
     emulsifier: soya lecithin.
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                                     Bar 1                       Either             I don't know
                                     Bar 2                       Neither

     Reason(s):



     Scenario 2: if you had to choose a drink to take after training, with the aim of recovering faster from your training
     session, which drink below would you choose?

     DRINK 1                                                                   DRINK 2:

     Nutrition Information per 500 g serving                                   Nutrition Information per 500 ml serving
     Energy, kcal               353                                            Energy, kcal             385
     Protein, g                 16.7                                           Protein, g               19.5
     Carbohydrate, g            59                                             Carbohydrate, g          63
     Fat, g                     8.2                                            Fat, g                   6
     INGREDIENTS: Semi-skimmed milk (91%), sugar, cocoa                        INGREDIENTS: Skimmed milk (68%), whole milk
     (1.5%), stabilisers (cellulose, carboxymethylcellulose,                   (22%), sugar, fat reduced cocoa powder, buttermilk
     carrageenan), flavourings, vitamin and mineral mixture.                   powder, modified maize starch, stabilisers
                                                                               (carrageenan, guar gum).



                                     Drink 1                     Either             I don't know
                                     Drink 2                     Neither

     Reason(s):



     Scenario 3: if you had to choose a drink to take before and during training, with the aim of keeping you fuelled and
     hydrated throughout your exercise session, which drink below would you choose?

     DRINK 1:                                                                  DRINK 2:

     Nutrition Information per 500 ml serving                                  Nutrition Information per 500 ml serving
     Energy, kcal               120                                            Energy, kcal             140
     Protein, g                 0                                              Protein, g               0
     Carbohydrate, g            28.5                                           Carbohydrate, g          33.5
     Fat, g                     0                                              Fat, g                   0
     Sodium, g                  0.25                                           Sodium, g                0.25
     INGREDIENTS: Water, glucose, maltodextrin, citric acid,                   INGREDIENTS: Water, sugar, fruit juices from
     acidity regulators (E331, E332), flavourings, stabilisers                 concentrates 5% (orange, tangerine, lemon), citric acid,
     (acacia gum, E445), vitamins (Niacin, Vitamin E,                          stabilisers (E452, modified starch, E445), flavourings,
     Pantothenic Acid, B6, Biotin), sweeteners (aspartame,                     acidity regulator (E331), preservatives (E202, E211),
     acesulfame K), colour (E122).                                             sweeteners (acesulfame K, aspartame, sodium
                                                                               saccharin), colour (E104).



                                     Drink 1                     Either             I don't know
                                     Drink 2                     Neither

     Reason(s):



14   How much do you agree or disagree with the statements below about product labels?
     Use the given scale of 1 to 7, in which 1 = "I strongly disagree" ; 7 = "I strongly agree" .
     Mark the box against each statement with the number which best represents your opinion.

             I strongly disagree           1           2          3        4   5          6          7        I strongly agree

                                Mark " 0 " if your answer is "I don't know" or "not applicable to me".
                           a)        I rely on sports food labels to inform my right choice of product
                           b)        I use on-pack GDAs (Guideline Daily Amounts), or 'traffic lights' schemes, as tools to help me
                                     meet my energy needs and achieve a balanced diet
                           c)        In my experience, I find the claims on sports food labels easy to understand and written in
                                     plain english
                           d)        In my experience, when deciding between sports foods, I have found the product labels easy
                                     to compare
                           e)        In my experience, I find sports food labels provide clear information on their use
                           f)        In my experience, I find sports food labels provide all information I expect to find


15   Please answer the questions below using the given scale of 1 to 7, in which 1 = "Very low"; 7 = "Very high".
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                     Very low          1       2          3       4         5       6          7    Very high

                         Mark the box against each question with the number which best represents your answer:
                         Mark " 0 " if your answer is "I don't know"

                         a)      Generally, what is your level of trust in the claims made about the effectiveness of sports foods?
                         b)      Generally, what is your level of trust in the scientific research conducted to support the claims
                                 made on sports foods?
                         c)      Generally, what is your level of trust in the safety of sports foods?


16   To the best of your knowledge, is the sports foods category recognised by the Government under specific legislation?

                                 Yes                  No                        I don't know

17   To the best of your knowledge, are the claims made about the effectiveness of sports foods regulated by the Government?

                                 Yes                  No                        I don't know

18   Is your trust in a claim made about the effectiveness of a sports food decreased or increased if regulated by the
     Government?

                                 Decreased            Increased                 Not affected

19   Is your trust in the safety of a sports food decreased or increased if regulated by the Government?

                                 Decreased            Increased                 Not affected

20   If claims and safety are regulated by the Government, would you use more or less of sports foods?

                                 More                 Less                      Not affected

21   Which regulatory approach(es) do you think provide(s) assurance that sports foods are fair and safe, that claims are
     accurate and that new products are made available?

                              Mark all options that apply:
                         a)      To regulate the claims
                         b)      To regulate on-pack information (labels)
                         c)      To regulate the proportion of nutrients
                         d)      To regulate the exclusion of banned substances
                         e)      There should be no Government regulation
                         f)      There should be Industry self-regulation
                         g)      There should be professional bodies / expert committees endorsement
                         h)      No opinion
                         i)      Other(s), please specify:


22   Thanks for your valuable participation in this survey. Regarding your opinion of this questionnaire, please use the given
     scale of 1 to 7 below, in which 1 = "None of the time"; 7 = "All of the time", to answer questions "a" and "b":

             None of the time          1       2          3       4         5       6          7    All of the time

     Mark the box against each statement with the number which best represents your opinion.
     Mark " 0 " if your answer is "I don't know".

                         a)      Did you find the questions and instructions clear?

                         b)      Did you find the answer options comprehensive enough to accurately reflect your opinion?


23   If you have additional comments or views that you think would be relevant to complement any of your answers,
     please share below:




     Dear participant,

     I hope you have enjoyed taking part in this survey.
     I am looking forward to receiving this completed questionnaire back from you.

     To submit this questionnaire, please follow ONE of the two instructions below:
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1) Send by e-mail to:

                    Suzane Leser
                    suzane.m.leser@gsk.com

Before sending, ensure you follow the steps below in order to protect your answers from editing by third parties:

Menu "Tools" > "Protection" > "Protect Sheet" > follow the instructions to set up password > Save the document
                                  (Do not share your password with the investigators)

2) Print and post it to:

                    Suzane Leser
                    GlaxoSmithKline, 11 Stoke Poges Lane, Slough, SL1 3NW

Thank you for your participation,

Suzane Leser, MSc, Rnutr
suzane.m.leser@gsk.com
11 Stoke Poges Lane, Slough, SL1 3NW
07920 568 452
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PARTICIPANT INFORMATION SHEET                                                      To return to questionnaire, click here

                              Survey title: Social Impact Assessment of Sports Foods Regulation

             1 Purpose of the survey
               Food Regulation in the UK and Europe is evolving, and this can impact on many aspects of sports foods,
               drinks and supplements. The aim of this survey is to learn more about your opinions and perceptions
               of sports nutrition products, how important regulation is to you, and what you expect from future
               changes in regulation, as a potential user of sports nutrition products.

                We hope that the information obtained from this survey will contribute to inform the UK and European
                regulatory decisions on the future of these products.

             2 Your participation
               You have been asked to take part in this survey because you play sports or take part in exercise
               on a regular basis. You don't necessarily need to be a consumer of sports foods.
               You must be over 18 years old and live in the UK.
               You must not be an employee of GlaxoSmithKline Nutritional Healthcare.

                If you don't meet all the criteria above, please accept our apologies and decline to participate in this
                survey.

                This survey is being sent to more than 500 respondents, including sportspeople and health
                professionals. We expect to receive back at least 60% of the questionnaires sent.

                By accepting to take part in this survey, you will be only required to respond to a standardised
                questionnaire, which contains 23 questions, and will take approximately 25 min of your time to
                complete.

                Your participation is fully computer-based, managed via internet. However, you can choose to
                answer the questionnaire on a printed hard copy and submit it by post. If you choose for the latter
                option, please e-mail me with your request and address, so I can provide you with a pre-paid envelope:
                Suzane Leser:         suzane.m.leser@gsk.com

             3 Benefits of taking part
               There is no direct benefit to participating in this survey.
               We hope that you will find it interesting to take part and that you gain further awareness of food
               regulation.

             3 Your personal information
               Your taking part in this survey will be kept confidential.
               All personal data and responses you disclose will be held in the strictest confidence, and only the
               main investigators will have access to it. Your responses will be given a code number, will be
               anonymously pooled with all other respondents' questionnaires, and cannot be traced back to you.
               Your responses will be used solely for this survey and publications arising from this survey and
               will not be available to any third parties.

                Your data will be stored in a password-protected personal computer and locked filing cabinet, and
                will be kept for a period of 5 years after the completion of this survey, when it will be destroyed.

                Electronic communications (e-mails and exchanged data) between you and the investigators
                will be treated under the rules of the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive)
                Regulations 2003.

             4 Investigators
               The main investigators in this survey are:
               Suzane Leser, MSc., RNutr., GlaxoSmithKline                         suzane.m.leser@gsk.com
               Jane Broughton, MSc., GlaxoSmithKline                               jane.m.broughton@gsk.com
                GSK Nutritional Healthcare R&D, 11 Stoke Poges Lane, Slough, SL1 3NW

                Contributers to this survey are:
                Prof. Sean Strain, University of Ulster                            JJ.Strain@ulster.ac.uk
                Dr. Aideen McKevitt, University of Ulster                          a.mckevitt@ulster.ac.uk
                Dr. Kristina Pentieva, University of Ulster                        k.pentieva@ulster.ac.uk
                School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Ulster, Coleraine Campus
                Cromore Road, Coleraine, BT52 1SA

             5 Ethical approval
               This project was peer reviewed by the School of Biomedical Sciences Ethics Committee (EFC),
               University of Ulster, Cromore Road, Coleraine, BT52 1SA.
               This survey received Ethical Approval by the University Research Ethics Committee, University of
               Ulster, Research Office, Jordanstown, BT37 0QB.

             6 Results of the study
               This survey is expected to be completed by end of August 2009. The aim is to publish the results in
               a scientific journal and/or conference. If you are interested in receiving information about when the
               results from this survey are published, please contact me directly mentioning your interest and
               providing your e-mail and/or address for future contact: Suzane Leser, suzane.m.leser@gsk.com

             7 Conflict of interest
               This survey is part of the MSc Programme ‘European Food Regulatory Affairs’, from the University
               of Ulster, and will be conducted in an independent scientific manner. We assure that there is no
               conflict of interest. The commercial interests of GlaxoSmithKline will have no impact on, or

				
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