The role of food analysis in national and international nutrition programmes

Shawn M. Somerset

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This paper outlines the importance of information on the composition of foods for a wide range of national and international activities at government, community and industry levels. Particular reference is made to the essential need for nutrient composition data of food supplied for the development of nutrition policy and programmes, for nutrition research and nutritional education to improve health status and reduce risk for disease. The regional activities of the International Network of Food Data Systems (INFOODS) and the Asia Pacific Food Analysis Network (APFAN) to promote the availability and quality of food composition data, are discussed. In particular, reference is made to the role of APFAN in promoting the use of consistent methodologies for food analysis by its member organizations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)24-28
Number of pages5
JournalAsia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 1998
Externally publishedYes


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