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

Elizabeth Dunford, Jacqui Webster, Adriana Metzler, Sebastien Czernichow, Cliona Ni Mhurchu, Petro Wolmarans, Wendy Snowdon, Mary L'Abbe, Nicole Li, Pallab Maulik, Simon Barquera, Veronica Schoj, Lorena Allemandi, Norma Samman, Elizabete De Menezes, Trevor Hassell, Johana Ortiz, Julieta De Ariza, A Abdul Rahman, Leticia De NunezMaria Garcia, Caroline Van Rossum, Susanne Westenbrink, Lim Thiam, Graham MacGregor, Bruce Neal

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    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.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1326-1332
    Number of pages7
    JournalEuropean Journal of Preventive Cardiology
    Issue number6
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2012


    • Food composition databases
    • food industry
    • monitoring
    • public health nutrition


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