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International collaborative project to compare and monitor the nutritional composition of processed foods

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posted on 2011-10-04, 00:00 authored by E Dunford, J Webster, A Blanco Metzler, S Czernichow, C Ni Mhurchu, P Wolmarans, Wendy Snowdon, M L'Abbe, N Li, P Maulik, S Barquera, V Schoj, L Allemandi, N Samman, E Wenzel de Menezes, T Hassell, J Ortiz, J Salazar de Ariza, R Rahman, L de Nunez, M Reyes Garcia, C van Rossum, S Westenbrink, L Thiam, G MacGregor, B Neal
Background: Chronic diseases are the leading cause of premature death and disability in the world with overnutrition a primary cause of diet-related ill health. Excess energy intake, saturated fat, sugar, and salt derived from processed foods are a major cause of disease burden. Our objective is to compare the nutritional composition of processed foods between countries, between food companies, and over time.

Design: Surveys of processed foods will be done in each participating country using a standardized methodology. Information on the nutrient composition for each product will be sought either through direct chemical analysis, from the product label, or from the manufacturer. Foods will be categorized into 14 groups and 45 categories for the primary analyses which will compare mean levels of nutrients at baseline and over time. Initial commitments to collaboration have been obtained from 21 countries.

Conclusions: This collaborative approach to the collation and sharing of data will enable objective and transparent tracking of processed food composition around the world. The information collected will support government and food industry efforts to improve the nutrient composition of processed foods around the world.

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Journal

European journal of cardiovascular prevention and rehabilitation

Volume

19

Issue

6

Pagination

1326 - 1332

Publisher

Sage Publications

Location

London, U. K.

ISSN

1741-8267

eISSN

2047-4881

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2011, Sage Publications

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