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European food consumption validation


EFCOVAL aims at the further development and validation of a trans-European food sumption method to be used for estimation of the intake of foods, nutrients and potentially hazardous chemicals within the European population including children. As recommended by the EFCOSUM sortium, the computerized repeated 24-hour dietary recall method using EPIC-SOFT will be applied as the method for pan-European nutritional surveys to assess intake at an individual level. Within the project 5 main objectives can be distinguished: 1. Further development of the method to enable dietary assessment in children and further development of the method for assessing intake of food-chemicals. 2. Adaptation and improvement of the software (EPIC-SOFT). To facilitate the use of the software in all European countries, adaptation of the current version of EPIC-SOFT software to modern IT standards is necessary. For five selected countries, participating in the validation study (see 3), new (n=1) or revised (n=4) versions of EPIC-SOFT will be developed. For other countries best practice for the development of an own national version will be assessed. 3. Validation of the computerized 2x24-hour recall in five selected countries using biomarkers and already existing dietary information. Specific attention will be given to sources of uncertainty and methods will be developed to try quantifying these uncertainties. 4. Development of a method to enable linking of household budget surveys (DAFNE) to data on individual intake. 5. Improvement of the methodologies to translate the collected food sumption data into the information needed by food policymakers.

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