EFSA updates Comprehensive European Food Consumption Database

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Sofia Ioannidou, manager of EFSA's EU Menu project
27/04/2018 - 10:12
EFSA (European Food Safety Authority) has published a new release of its Comprehensive European Food Consumption Database, which includes data collected under EFSA’s EU Menu project for the first time.

The updated database consists of the most recent data collected in member states, covering more population groups and new food categories, such as energy drinks.  

The EU Menu project aims to increase the quality, detail and harmonisation of data collected in member states, spanning all age groups from three months to 74 years.

Since 2011, EFSA has provided financial support and guidance on data collection to 21 countries under the EU Menu umbrella. 

All data contained in the database are now classified according to FoodEx2, a system which now provides a more detailed and precise description of foods and beverages consumed across the EU than the previous version. 

Sofia Ioannidou, manager of the EU Menu project, said: “Making available harmonised and detailed data on food consumption across the EU has been one of EFSA’s long-standing goals. Today this has become reality thanks to the hard work of member states.” 

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