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Food Composition Data and Labelling

A challenging dialogue

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This report describes the activities of two projects that were carried out us-ing the infrastructure of the Nordic Food Analysis Network, i.e. the ‘Nordic Food Composition Data for Labelling (NordCoLa)’ project carried out between 2018 and 2020, and the preceding project ‘Fostering the quality and use of Nordic food composition data’, carried out under the Finnish Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers in 2016. The primary aim of the NordCoLa project was to evaluate the needs, gaps and synergies of the Nordic food consumption databases in relation to the data to be used to implement the new European nutrient labelling legislation. This was to ensure quality food composition data in the Nordic countries for food producers and other users for nutrient labelling purposes. The results of the projects are summarised in this report.

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Discussion

The primary objectives of the two Nordic projects described in this report were to evaluate the needs, synergies and critical points of the Nordic FCDBs in relation to the composition data to be used to implement the new European nutrient labelling legislation. The secondary objective was to ensure there was food composition data of good quality in the Nordic countries for food producers and other users of the data for nutrient labelling purposes. In addition, the possibilities of using available international package label databases (e.g. the Mintel GNPD and GS1) to support the updating of national food composition databases were also evaluated.

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