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International collaborative project to compare and track the nutritional composition of fast foods

Dunford, Elizabeth, Webster, Jacqui, Metzler, Adriana, Blanco, Sebastien, Ni Mhurchu, Cliona, Wolmarans, Petro, Snowdon, Wendy and L'Abbe, Mary 2012, International collaborative project to compare and track the nutritional composition of fast foods, BMC public health, vol. 12, no. 559, pp. 1-7.

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Title International collaborative project to compare and track the nutritional composition of fast foods
Author(s) Dunford, Elizabeth
Webster, Jacqui
Metzler, Adriana
Blanco, Sebastien
Ni Mhurchu, Cliona
Wolmarans, Petro
Snowdon, Wendy
L'Abbe, Mary
Journal name BMC public health
Volume number 12
Issue number 559
Start page 1
End page 7
Total pages 7
Publisher BioMed Central
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2012
ISSN 1471-2458
Keyword(s) Food composition database
Monitoring
Fast food
Food industry
Summary Background
Chronic diseases are the leading cause of premature death and disability in the world with over-nutrition a primary cause of diet-related ill health. Excess quantities of energy, saturated fat, sugar and salt derived from fast foods contribute importantly to this disease burden. Our objective is to collate and compare nutrient composition data for fast foods as a means of supporting improvements in product formulation.
Methods/design
Surveys of fast foods will be done in each participating country each year. Information on the nutrient composition for each product will be sought either through direct chemical analysis, from fast food companies, in-store materials or from company websites. Foods will be categorized into major groups for the primary analyses which will compare mean levels of saturated fat, sugar, sodium, energy and serving size at baseline and over time. Countries currently involved include Australia, New Zealand, France, UK, USA, India, Spain, China and Canada, with more anticipated to follow.
Discussion
This collaborative approach to the collation and sharing of data will enable low-cost tracking of fast food composition around the world. This project represents a significant step forward in the objective and transparent monitoring of industry and government commitments to improve the quality of fast foods.
Notes Authors listed comprise 'The Food Monitoring Group'
Language eng
Field of Research 111199 Nutrition and Dietetics not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920411 Nutrition
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2012, BioMed Central
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