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International collaborative project to compare and monitor the nutritional composition of processed foods.
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PMID:  21971487     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Background: Chronic diseases are the leading cause of premature death and disability in the world with overnutrition a primary cause of diet-related ill health. Excess energy intake, saturated fat, sugar, and salt derived from processed foods are a major cause of disease burden. Our objective is to compare the nutritional composition of processed foods between countries, between food companies, and over time. Design: Surveys of processed foods will be done in each participating country using a standardized methodology. Information on the nutrient composition for each product will be sought either through direct chemical analysis, from the product label, or from the manufacturer. Foods will be categorized into 14 groups and 45 categories for the primary analyses which will compare mean levels of nutrients at baseline and over time. Initial commitments to collaboration have been obtained from 21 countries. Conclusions: This collaborative approach to the collation and sharing of data will enable objective and transparent tracking of processed food composition around the world. The information collected will support government and food industry efforts to improve the nutrient composition of processed foods around the world.
Authors:
Elizabeth Dunford; Jacqui Webster; Adriana Blanco Metzler; Sebastien Czernichow; Cliona Ni Mhurchu; Petro Wolmarans; Wendy Snowdon; Mary L'abbe; Nicole Li; Pallab K Maulik; Simon Barquera; Verónica Schoj; Lorena Allemandi; Norma Samman; Elizabete Wenzel de Menezes; Trevor Hassell; Johana Ortiz; Julieta Salazar de Ariza; A Rashid Rahman; Leticia de Núñez; Maria Reyes Garcia; Caroline van Rossum; Lim Meng Thiam; Graham Macgregor; Bruce Neal
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-10-4
Journal Detail:
Title:  European journal of cardiovascular prevention and rehabilitation : official journal of the European Society of Cardiology, Working Groups on Epidemiology & Prevention and Cardiac Rehabilitation and Exercise Physiology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1741-8275     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-10-5     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101192000     Medline TA:  Eur J Cardiovasc Prev Rehabil     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Affiliation:
The George Institute for Global Health, Sydney, Australia; University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia.
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