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Food database  

Food database

Food is the source of nutrients and the material that provides living things with the nutrients they need for energy and growth. Food is categorised in 2 ways: by food sellers, using shopping-aisle systems (driven by consumer taste and preference) and by food analysts, classifying into nutritional type (essentially using taxonomies based on shared features).

The food sellers create their own databases although there is a common structure (in English speaking markets) in the Universal Product Code system, checkout:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Universal_Product_Code (external link).

The data bases used by the food analysts (in E are the USDA nutrient database (USA) and the McCance and Widdowson composition of foods database (UK).

The Foodcounts database (FoodID™) develops the principles of core-identity to create a list of fundamental foods (and ingredient foods) to harmonise the main information sources and improve consumer access.

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