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DIETARY FIBRE REFERENCE MATERIALS

Objective



Dietary fibre represents that part of the carbohydrate in food which is not digested in the small intestine. A widely accepted working definition of dietary fibre is the sum of lignin and polysaccharides. Intense interest in dietary fibre has arisen from claims of its benefit in control of bowel function, reduced risk of intestinal cancer, reduced plasma cholesterol and glucose levels and from the movement towards the consumption of more fibre and less fat.
Controversy over the choice of methods comes from difficulty in relating specific fibre components to their physiological function and the conflicting requirements for robust and convenient analytical procedures for routine analysis.
For food labelling purposes there is an urgent need for the Community to adopt a single method for dietary fibre to allow comparability of values. Essentially, the choice lies between the AOAC procedure, widely used in continental Europe the Englyst method which has been recommended by the UK and the Uppsala method used in the Scandinavian countries.
The objective is to produce a range of reference materials in which dietary fibre and its components are characterised by the most commonly used procedures to allow quality control in food industry and the public control laboratories.

STATUS

Wholemeal and rye flour and haricot bean reference materials have been certified for major dietary components including dietary fibre by the AOAC method in project 239. This project will address more complex foods especially cereal and vegetable type ones. The first phase will consist of a detailed method study which started in 1991.

Coordinator

Institute of Food Research
Address
Norwich Laboratory Colney Lane
NR4 7UA Norwich
United Kingdom

Participants (27)

Agricultural Research Center of Finland
Finland
Address

31600 Jokioinen
Bundesforschungsanstalt für Getreide- und Kartoffelverarbeitung
Germany
Address
Schützenberg 12
32756 Detmold
CERIA
Belgium
Address
1,Avenue E. Gryson
1070 Bruxelles
E Merck
Germany
Address
Frankfurter Straße 250
64293 Darmstadt
Eastern Health Board
Ireland
Address
10,Corn Market
8 Dublin
FEDERAL RESEARCH CENTRE FOR NUTRITION
Germany
Address
Haid-und-neu-strasse 9
76131 Karlsruhe
Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA)
France
Address
2 Place Pierre Viala
34060 Montpellier
Institut Technique des Céréales et des Fourrages
France
Address
16 Rue Nicolas Forin
75013 Paris
Instituto de la Grasa y sus Derivados
Spain
Address
4,Avda. Padre Garcia Tejero
41012 Sevilla
Kellogg Company of Great Britain Ltd
United Kingdom
Address
The Kellogg Building Talbot Road
M16 OPU Manchester
Laboratory of the Government Chemist (LGC)
United Kingdom
Address
Queen's Road
TW11 0LY Teddington
MAFF Food Science Laboratory
United Kingdom
Address
Norwich Research Park Colney
NR4 7UQ Norwich
MRC Dunn Clinical Nutrition Centre
United Kingdom
Address
Hills Road
CB2 2DH Cambridge
Ministerio de Sanidad y Consumo
Spain
Address
Carretera Majadahonda - Pozuelo, Km 2,2
28220 Majadahonda (Madrid)
Ministry of Finance
Greece
Address
16,Tsocha Street
11521 Athens
Ministère des Affaires Economiques
Belgium
Address
17A,rue De La Senne
1000 Bruxelles
NESTLE
Switzerland
Address
55,Avenue Nestlé
1800 Vevey
National Food Administration
Sweden
Address
5,Hamnesplanaden
75126 Uppsala
Nutrexpa
Spain
Address
410-414,Lepanto
08025 Barcelona
RIGB-Keuringsdienst van Waren
Netherlands
Address

6201 GA Maastricht
RIKILT
Netherlands
Address

6700 AE Wageningen
Rank Hovis McDougall Technology Ltd
United Kingdom
Address
Lord Rank Centre Lincoln Road
HP12 3QR High Wycombe
TNO-CIVO Institutes in Zeist
Netherlands
Address

3700 AC Zeist
UNIVERSITAET DES SAARLANDES
Germany
Address
Im Stadtwald
66041 Saarbrücken
Unilever UK Central Resources Ltd
United Kingdom
Address
Colworth House
MK44 1LQ Sharnbrook
Universidad Complutense
Spain
Address
Ciudad Universitaria
28040 Madrid
University of Agricultural Sciences
Sweden
Address

75007 Uppsala