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The EU COST Action 99 -EUROFOODS "Food Consumption and Food Composition Data" is a research project sponsored by COST (European Cooperation in the field of Scientific and Technical Research). It started in 1995 and ended in 1999. Within this framework a special working group addresses issues of food composition data management and interchange. The main objective of this working group is to promote and encourage interchange of food composition data within Europe. To achieve this goal, the working group proposes a set of recommendations for food composition data interchange using electronic media. The recommendations are firmly founded on previous work done internationally by INFOODS and by national agencies and institutes as well as international standards. The recommendations include the description of food, component, value and data source. The intention has been to create a food composition data interchange model that is sufficiently generic to handle food composition data at the various levels of aggregation and with various levels of additional descriptive information. The recommendations also include technical issues such as file formats. Recent developments of software tools to support the recommendations are briefly described.

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Authors: SCHLOTKE F, ETH, Institute of Scientific Computing, Zurich (CH);BECKER W, National Food Administration, Uppsala (SE);IRELAND J, AFSSA-CIQUAL, Paris (FR);MOLLER A, Danish Veterinary and Food Administration, Soborg (DK);OVASKAINEN M-L, National Public Health Institute, Helsinki (FI);MONSPART J, Department of Canning Technology, University of Budapest (HU);UNWIN I, Food Information Consultancy, Cambridge (UK)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 19538 EN (2000), 79pp, Euro: 11.50
Availability: Available from the European Commission, DG XII Communication Unit, rue de la Loi/Wetstraat 200, B-1049 Bruxelles (BE) Tel: +32-2-2950001 Fax:+32-2-2958220
ISBN: ISBN 92-828-9757-5
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