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Hodgkins C.,University of Surrey | Raats M.M.,University of Surrey | Egan M.B.,University of Surrey | Fragodt A.,University of Surrey | And 2 more authors.
Journal of Food Composition and Analysis | Year: 2010

The UK national food composition tables provide reasonable coverage of primary produce and basic raw and cooked foods, but it is difficult for them to keep abreast of the fast moving processed and convenience food market. The food industry has an inherent need to generate and share food composition data on food products and therefore many of these data exist within the food industry, embedded in their core Enterprise and Resource Planning (ERP) software. A survey was conducted to explore the current uses and flow of food composition data within the UK food supply chain, and identify potential barriers to effective data transfer. Results indicate that providing food composition data is perceived as a frustrating, time-consuming task, and limitations lie in the lack of commonly agreed systems, processes and standards for the transfer of these data from those who generate it to those who need it. Within logistics and finance functions, industry is moving closer to a completely collaborative model via implementation of the Global Data Synchronisation Network (GDSN) infrastructure and methodology. This approach, if implemented for food composition data, has the potential to enable high quality food composition data to be accessible 'at the push of a button'. © 2010 Elsevier Inc.

Weichselbaum E.,British Nutrition Foundation BNF | Hooper B.,British Nutrition Foundation BNF | Buttriss J.,British Nutrition Foundation BNF | Theobald C.,British Nutrition Foundation BNF | And 15 more authors.
Nutrition Bulletin | Year: 2013

The health benefits of physical activity and a healthy diet are well known, yet large proportions of modern societies do not meet recommended guidelines for these behaviours. Intervention programmes aimed at changing activity and eating behaviours, ranging from individual-level approaches to community-wide campaigns in effects on physical activity, diet and weight loss (Norman etal.). A first step in healthy behaviour promotion aimed at behaviour change is to identify the health problems of a population that are serious and/or prevalent enough to justify spending time, money and other resources (Brug etal.). Many behaviour change interventions aim to tackle obesity, the prevalence of which is still rising in many European countries, which is positively associated with chronic diseases affecting the health and wellbeing of Western populations. But other common risk factors for chronic disease, such as high intakes of salt or saturated fatty acids, are also the targets of health intervention programmes in a number of European countries. This paper provides examples of intervention programmes, conducted by government and other organisations, from eight European countries that aim to change behaviour in relation to diet and physical activity. It summarises the outcomes of a workshop held during a meeting of the European Nutrition Foundations (ENF) Network in London, UK, on 25 June 2012. © 2013 The Authors. Journal compilation © 2013 British Nutrition Foundation.

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