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Nordic co-operation on food information

Activities of the Nordic Food Analysis Network 2013-2016

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The Nordic Food Analysis Network project (NFAN, 2013–2016) focused on creating a common, simple communicational platform to share history and plans on chemical food analyses. This report describes the activities that have taken place in the area of chemical food analysis, for the national food composition databases of the Nordic countries, at the national level, since 2000 and specific activities of this network between the years of 2013–2016. This network picked fibre, iodine and sodium as specific nutrients to focus on during this project, and comparative analyses of selected Nordic food items were carried out during this project with external funding. The results of the activities are summarized in this project report.

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Comparability of nutrient values of foods and fortification programmes in the Nordic countries

Iodine, sodium and dietary fibre (DF) levels in food are momentous nutrients for several reasons. Mild iodine deficiency occurs in the Nordic Countries and fortification practices differ. Quantification of salt in food is, today, based on sodium concentrations instead of chloride, and policies to lower salt intake in the Nordic Countries, vary. The definition of dietary fibre has been revised recently and new methods have been developed to meet the definition. The aim of this work was to determine the contents of iodine, sodium and DF in selected foods and compare the results of the countries participating in The Nordic Food Analysis Network. The detailed results of the dietary fibre analyses have been published (Rainakari et al. 2016) and the iodine and sodium results were presented at the Nordic Nutrition Conference, in June 2016 (Pastell et al. 2016).

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