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close this book Food Composition Data: A User's Perspective (1987)
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(introductory text)

The users and their needs
Food composition data
A food composition data system

INFOODS was organized after a meeting of experts concerned with the unsatisfactory state of food composition data at the international level [9]. It was formed in response to a perceived sense that there were major problems in the area of food composition data, and therefore one of its first tasks was to determine the status of food composition data, and to decide which users' needs were not being met and what should and could be done. Thus, INFOODS helped organize a meeting involving a number of individuals directly concerned with food composition data. This was held on the campus of Utah State University in late March 1985, with the major goals being to define and document the current situation, and to make proposals for the future. (See the appendix for a list of the participants.) The format of the meeting included presentation of papers followed by discussion by the full group; small writing groups then prepared the material on which this report was based. After the meeting the authors were given the opportunity to revise their papers, and these papers follow this report of the conference. The report itself is divided into sections that introduce the papers (section 1), discuss the users themselves and their needs (section 2), examine the data that are available (section 3), explore the design of an ideal food composition data system (section 4), and finally make recommendations to INFOODS for future activities (section 5).