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LanguaL stands for 'Langua aLimentaria' or "language of food." It is an automated method for describing, capturing and retrieving data about food. The work on LanguaL was started in the late 1970s by the Centre for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) of the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as an ongoing cooperative effort of specialists in food technology, information science and nutrition. Since then, LanguaL has been developed in collaboration with the US National Cancer Institute (NCI), and, more recently, its European partners, notably in France, Denmark, Switzerland and Hungary. Since 1996, the European LanguaL Technical Committee has administered the thesaurus.

This report presents the details of the present version, LanguaL 2000 thesaurus, according to international thesaurus standards, an alphabetical display of descriptors and synonyms (non-descriptors) as well as the systematic display of the thesaurus hierarchy.

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Authors: MOLLER A, DG-Research;IRELAND J (EDITORS), DG-Research
Bibliographic Reference: EUR: 19540 EN (2000), 322pp, Euro:48.00
Availability: Available from Office of Official Publications for European Communities: 2 rue Mercier, L-2985 Luxembourg. tel:+352-29-29-42455 fax: +325-29-29-42758 email: URL:
ISBN: ISBN: 92-828-9758-3
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