Short overview of food consumption databases

https://doi.org/10.17221/160/2013-CJFSCitation:Szűcs V., Szabó E., Bánáti D. (2013): Short overview of food consumption databases. Czech J. Food Sci., 31: 541-546.
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The utilisation of food consumption databases is widespread and involves for example, the risk assessment, understanding of consumers’ food consumption trends, health education, and planning of prevention projects. Harmonisation of national consumption data for international comparison is an important and challenging work. First attempts started in the 70’s and have been continuing up to now. The present study gives an overview of the collection methods, types and utilisation of food consumption data, as well of the most important phases of the international harmonisation work. As this study shows, it is crucial to harmonise the surveys parameters like the time of the data collection, method, number of participants, and number of the analysed days for an internationally comparable consumption database. From this point of view, the efforts of the EU menu project are promising.
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