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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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Towards improved Nordic co-operation – What do we need to succeed?

In order to work together successfully, we need better coordination at several stages of the co-working process. First of all, we have to divide the tasks among several compilers and collaborate on sampling plans. This is especially important when planning the analyses of imported foods, e.g. fruits and vegetables. It is a good idea to share information about suitable laboratories that are specialised in specific tasks. We should also keep a record of all of the laboratories capable of carrying out analyses of certain nutrients, e.g. fibre, carbohydrates, vitamins, as well as share the information on who collaborates with which laboratories, in order to carry out the specific analyses. Above all, we need to have someone who creates and updates the shared information from relevant laboratories and keeps up with current knowledge.

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