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Nordic co-operation on food information

Activities of the Nordic Food Analysis Network 2013-2016

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The Nordic Food Analysis Network project (NFAN, 2013–2016) focused on creating a common, simple communicational platform to share history and plans on chemical food analyses. This report describes the activities that have taken place in the area of chemical food analysis, for the national food composition databases of the Nordic countries, at the national level, since 2000 and specific activities of this network between the years of 2013–2016. This network picked fibre, iodine and sodium as specific nutrients to focus on during this project, and comparative analyses of selected Nordic food items were carried out during this project with external funding. The results of the activities are summarized in this project report.

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Nutrient analysis programmes in the Nordic countries to update the national food composition databases

Denmark has had an official food composition table since 1982 and data from this was the foundation of the Danish Food Databank, which is now located at the National Food Institute, at The Technical University of Denmark. Original food composition data emerging from the analytical activities of the laboratories connected to the National Food Agency, and later also to the National Food Institute, has been the primary source for new data. In the early years of the Food Composition Databank, there were great expectations for the possibility of data delivered from the Food Monitoring System running at the National Food Agency, but during the years, it became evident that monitoring data are not the ideal source of data, and a new strategy for analytical projects for food groups was initiated.

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