About the project:

Many consumers are familiar with the European Commission’s recommendations for vitamins and minerals because such labels are in use since 1992 to declare the amounts of micronutrients in a food (e.g. 30% of the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) of Vitamin C in 100g food). Bute these nutrient recommendations also have wider food and nutrition policy impacts such as planning food supplies and assessing the nutritional adequacy of population groups. For these purposes most countries tend to use their own nationally derived values which can vary considerably.

In 2005 the European Commission asked the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) to advise on values for micronutrient recommendations, after first advising on existing values for energy, macronutrients and dietary fibre. The work on micronutrients will be initiated in 2008.
In the light of this mandate, the EURRECA Network of Excellence, which started in 2007 and will continue until the end of 2011, has an excellent opportunity to develop tools which should help EFSA, and other panels, charged with developing values for micronutrient recommendations, to work on their task.

The EURRECA Roadmap (as depicted in Fig. 1 below) will allow EURRECA to achieve its overall goal of producing an evidence based toolkit to help others to develop quality assured and aligned nutrient recommendations across Europe. The fluid nature of the Roadmap means that the early EURRECA activities will identify barriers which were apparent when previous panels developed recommendations. This will help to prioritise the most useful components of the toolkit; later activities will then develop and refine them. The toolkit is expected to consist of a series of consensus criteria out of which ‘gold standard’ methods and, in some cases, decision trees will be developed.

Thus the EURRECA Network, with its unique input from scientists, consumer experts and industry, will contribute to the general framework of nutrition and food policy in its widest context.

More information about this project are provided on this website.

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