SIFO in brief

SIFO is a non-bias governmental institute that conducts consumer research and testing. The board of directors is appointed by the Ministry of Children, Equality and Social Inclusion which also provides the basic funding. SIFO currently has a staff of 55. The scientific staff is comprised of researchers and other highly qualified personnel from social and natural sciences. SIFO's projects are organized into four categories: household economy, consumer culture, environment, market and politics.

SIFO is the only institute in Norway solely concerned with consumer research, and as such is responsible for developing expertise on the relevant fields. Importance is placed on research as well as the dissemination of information to various authorities, consumer-oriented institutions, research and scientific institutions, and in private industry.


Organic food and malformations in the urinary tract (hypospadias) in newborn boys

- new article

Women who ate organically produced food during pregnancy had halved likelihood of giving birth to a boy with hypospadias compared to women who never or seldom did so.
These are findings from a new study from the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study (MoBa) at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, newly published by Environmental Health Perspectives (

The study is financed by the Norwegian Research Council and part of a doctoral Project by SIFO-researcher Hanne Torjusen investigating whether consumption of organic food during pregnancy is associated with health of mother and/or child.


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Organic vegetables may reduce risk of pre-eclampsia cases

New article

Pregnant women who often eat organic vegetables have a lower risk of pre-eclampsia than women who rarely or never do. This is shown in an article using data from the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study (MoBa) published in the British Medical Journal Open.

The study included 28,192 women who participated in MoBa from 2002 to 2008. All were pregnant with their first child. 5.3 per cent of the participants developed pre-eclampsia.
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Call for papers:

International Symposium "Current Trends in Food-Related Practice in the Family?" held in Strasbourg, January 2015.
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The role of standardization in the shaping of a vision for nanotechnology

Harald Throne-Holst at SIFO has written an article together with Aurelie Delemarle (from Université Paris Est) that is now published in the International Journal of Innovation and Technology Management.

Nanotechnologies are considered as emerging technologies. However, there are already products in the market that claim to incorporate them. This has contributed to the growing interest in the regulation of this field. In this paper, we first introduce the question of regulation in nanotechnologies, and then describe the standardization process and ISO more specifically. This introduction is followed by the main point of the paper: We show, the specific role that the ISO TC 229 plays in the beginning of the shaping of a collective vision for nanotechnologies.

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Young health

– fast food habits in Denmark, Finland, Sweden and Norway

About 2/3 of the Nordic young people frequented fast food outlets more or less regularly (once a month or more often).

The most important reasons given for eating fast food, was “I think typical American fast food like hot dog, hamburger etc. tastes good”. Especially in Finland this was the case. The next reason was “I’m generally a lot on the go and often need something quick and easy to eat”. This is also a typical convenience reason, and fits well with the main idea behind the convenience market.

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