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    Food composition data
    E-learning fact sheet
    2020
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    This fact sheet describes the course that explains the importance of food composition tables and databases, food description (selection and nomenclature), food components (analysis, calculation, conversion and units), covers the aspects of quality and food biodiversity, as well as compilation principles.
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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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    Course: Enhancing participation in CODEX activities 2016
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    The course explains the organization and operation of the Codex Alimentarius Commission and its subsidiary bodies and the process of developing international food standards. It also explains how to strengthen national Codex programmes and receive FAO/WHO scientific advice.

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