EFSA FOOD CONSUMPTION DATABASE

EFSA has completed a major update of its Food Consumption Database, which now includes individual dietary records from nearly 100,000 people in 23 EU Member States. Food consumption data collected by EFSA play a key role in the evaluation of risks related to possible hazards in food. Combined with data on levels of chemical occurrence or the presence of biological agents in food – also collected by EFSA and its partners – they enable risk assessors to calculate consumers’ exposure to such hazards. The newly added data improve coverage of all population groups in particular for children and the adult population. Davide Arcella, who leads EFSA’s exposure assessment team, said: “The addition of these new surveys boosts EFSA’s data power considerably. It gives us access to more data from a wider range of EU Member States, and, combined with our more refined classification system, will enable us to carry out better, more sophisticated exposure assessments.” The new data have already been for the exposure assessment in EFSA’s Scientific Opinion on acrylamide, which will be finalised this year, and for the ongoing work on dietary reference values for vitamins and minerals. More info can be found at: http://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/press/news/150428.htm