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close this bookCompiling Data for Food Composition Data Bases (UNU, 1991, 68 pages)
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The United Nations University is an organ of the united nations established by the general Assembly in 1972 to be an international community of scholars engaged in research, advanced training, and the dissemination of knowledge related to the pressing global problems of human survival, development, and welfare . Its activities focus mainly on peace and conflict resolution, development in a changing world, and science and technology in relation to human welfare. The University operates through a worldwide network of research and post-graduate training centres, with its planning and coordinating headquarters in Tokyo, Japan.

The International Food Data Systems Project (INFOODS) is a comprehensive effort, begun within the United Nations University's Food and Nutrition Programme, to improve data on the nutrient composition of foods from all parts of the world, with the goal of ensuring that eventually adequate and reliable data can be obtained and interpreted properly worldwide. At present in many cases such data do not exist or are incomplete, incompatible, and inaccessible.

This volume is the third in a series that provide guidelines on the organization and content of food composition tables and data bases, methods for analysing foods and compiling those tables, and procedures for the accurate international interchange of the data. It presents an overview and guidelines for how information that results from the analyses of foods should be compiled into useful food composition tables.