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close this book Food Composition Data: A User's Perspective (1987)
close this folder Experiences with food composition data: the context
close this folder INFOODS: Background and current status
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View the document Introduction
View the document Growing need for and availability of information on components of foods
View the document Generation and recording of food component data
View the document INFOODS - an international network of food data systems: a framework for discussion
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Summary and conclusions

Summary and conclusions

Information on the components of foods embodies the heritage of our understanding of the role of nutrition in human health. It serves as a medium for the education of future scientists and as a principal reservoir of concepts and data to be applied to the resolution of nutrition and health problems. Some reasons have been given indicating that the need for reliable food component data will become more pressing. In parallel, the use of computer-based methods for the storage, processing, and retrieval of such data will accelerate. It is essential that, with such developments, a co-ordination of effort be undertaken at an international level to standardize the gathering, synthesis, and application of this information.

To meet this challenge we must assess, in detail, the users and uses of food composition data. From this assessment a series of design specifications for INFOODS will emerge. In this way it is hoped that the goal of effectively and efficiently increasing the quality, quantity, and accessibility of food composition data on a worldwide basis will be significantly closer to becoming a reality.