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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
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Introduction

Introduction

It is the purpose of this conference to explore the linkage between food composition data and the user of these data. INFOODS has been set up to work towards "good" and "available" food composition data, and an essential first task is to establish just what is meant by "good" and "available." It is obvious that these terms only have meaning in the context of how the data are to be used, and thus a natural starting-point is to discuss and detail their users and uses. As a prelude to this, this paper first examines the context of food composition data usage, and then shows that the variability of the data is a key concept in unifying the various uses.