Food safety

Collection of food consumption data (COFOCO)

Report of a WHO working group

WHO - GEMS/Food Programme

COFOCO cover

Publication details

Publication date: 30 January 2012
Languages: English
ISBN: 9789241504119


The overall objective of collecting data on food consumption is to support the exposure assessment process. Because data collection requests long term programming to prepare hosting specific formats, it is necessary to anticipate future changes and evolutions of the whole risk assessment process. The Working Group focused on two aspects of reporting food consumption data for entry into the GEMS/Food database for use in future dietary exposure assessments:

  • the appropriate food classification system(s) to be used at an international level; and
  • specific information (meta data) required when submitting food consumption data files.

The information required when completed dietary exposure assessments are submitted was also considered, including from a Total Diet Study.