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    FAO/INFOODS Guidelines for Checking Food Composition Data prior to the Publication of a User Table/Database-Version 1.0 2012
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    Food composition data play an essential role in many sectors, including nutrition, health, agriculture, environment, food labelling and trade (Burlingame, 2004; Greenfield and Southgate, 2003; Pennington, 2008). Over the last 25 years, INFOODS has developed many international standards, guidelines and tools to obtain harmonized food composition data. They contain criteria for analytical data, guidelines on component identifiers, data compilation, food nomenclature, interchange and quality evalua tion (INFOODS, 2012a; Greenfield and Southgate, 2003; Klensin et al., 1989; Rand et al., 1991; Truswell et al.,1991). They were supplemented by guidelines from others such as EuroFIR (EuroFIR, 2012a; Westenbrink et al., 2009). However, as there are no guidelines on the validation/verification of data prior to publishing them in a user table/database (DB), INFOODS and FAO decided to develop such guidelines through the INFOODS network. The document was constructed on the assumption that the user t able/DB was developed according to the criteria set by Greenfield and Southgate (2003, pp.14-15) as outlined in Figure 1. It reflects the different stages of food composition database management until the production of user tables/DBs. Checks should be performed at all levels of the food composition database (FCDB) and a final check is recommended before the release of a user table/DB. The checks described in this document are related to compiled/aggregated data before publication in user tables /DBs. The objective of this document is to outline comprehensively the internal checks to be carried out on the food composition data and documentation prior to their publication in the user table/DB (section 3). For those compilers not yet familiar with the compilation and publication procedures of food composition data, a section on general issues (section 2) was added to give a brief overview of important issues which are useful for a better understanding of the checks and for keeping the c hecks as short as possible, i.e. without the need for further explanations. which provide further useful information for those with less experience in database compilation
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    Données sur la composition des aliments
    Production, gestion et utilisation
    2007
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    Erratum: En octobre 2014, la référence (Source: Paul et Southgate,1978) a été ajoutée à l’Appendice 5 à la page 241 à la demande de Heather Greenfield.Les données sur la composition des aliments sont essentielles pour diverses raisons dans de nombreux domaines d’activité. Réaliser un réseau international de bases de données compatibles sur la composition des aliments est une tâche importante qui requiert une approche systématique pour la production mais aussi la compilation de données de bonne qualité. La publication Données sur la composition des aliments propose un ensemble de directives visant à aider les spécialistes et les organisations engagés dans l’analyse des aliments, dans la compilation, la diffusion et l’utilisation des données. L’objectif principal de cette publication est de montrer comment obtenir des données de bonne qualité qui répondent aux besoins des multiples utilisateurs de bases de données sur la composition des aliments. Ces directive s sont basées sur l’expérience acquise dans des pays où les programmes sur la composition des aliments ont été mis en oeuvre depuis de nombreuses années.
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    Kenya Food Composition Tables, 2018 2018
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    Food composition data provides food and nutrition sector, both private and public with the important guidelines in food labelling, assessment of nutrient intake to determine nutrition adequacy, diet formulation as well as in research and breeding. The information generated is also used to establish food-based dietary guidelines for dietary diversification and food fortification. They also help program managers in determining the relationships between disease outcome and nutrient intakes. The resultant information provides the evidence base for nutrition and health & agricultural policies in establishing how to meet the nutrient requirements in the population through diet. The Kenya Food Composition Tables [FCT] (2018) was developed following international guidelines from INFOODS considering all the required quality checks. It has three main sections: the first part of the book contains an introduction and user notes; the second section presents the actual food composition tables; the third section features photographies and descriptions of foods, to facilitate food identification. This publication will guide both county and national authorities in setting priorities in the implementation of food-based approaches to reduce the burden of malnutrition in the population and support nutrition-sensitive agricultural production.

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