Food composition for nutrient and exposure assessment


Monday, 23rd March 2015

10.30-11.30 Food composition data (overview): relevance for nutrients and health theme
– Paul Hulshof (WU, NL)

11.30-12.30 Total diet studies (overview): exposure assessment from potential harmful constituents
Jean-Luc Volatier (ANSES, FR)

12.30-13.30 Lunch

13.30-15.00 Priorities population, substances: overview TDS (including exercise)
– Jean-Luc Volatier (ANSES, FR)

15.30-16.30 Selection of foods: Overview TDS
Aida Turrini (CRA-Nut, IT)

16.30-17.30 Selection of foods: Overview Food Composition
Susanne Westenbrink (RIVM, NL)

Tuesday, 24th March 2015

09.00-12.30 Food coding: LanguaL and FoodEx
– Jayne Ireland (Danish Food Information, DK)

12.30-13.30 Lunch

13.30-14.30 Sources of information for food composition
Paul Hulshof (WU, NL)

14.30-15.30 Analytical measurements: what’s behind the numbers
Stefan Voorspoels (VITO, BE)

16.00-17.00 Choice of analytical methods and evaluation and Review of methods of analysis
Paul Hulshof (WU, NL)

Wednesday, 25th March 2015

09.30-10.30 Quality control (framework/ auditing/ SOPS)
– Mark Roe (IFR, UK) and Isabel Castanheira (INSA, PT)

11.00-12.00 Current needs and future direction: discussion
– Paul Finglas (IFR, UK)

12.00-13.30 Lunch

13.30-17.00 Food databases: FoodCase-Risk Introduction
– Karl Presser (ETHZ, CH)

  • 13:30-13:45        Welcome and aims
  • 13:45-14:15        Theory 1a: Concepts of FoodCASE TDS
  • 14:15-14:30        Theory 1b:  Setup FoodCASE
  • 14:30-15:00        Practical 1a (including coffee break): Searching TDS data
  • 15:00-15:30        Practical 1b (including coffee break): Entering TDS data
  • 15:30-16:00        Practical 2a: Comparing TDS data
  • 16:00-16:30        Practical 2b: Importing and exporting TDS data
  • 16:30-17.00        Discussion and feedback, and close


Registration – click here (TO BE CONFIRMED)

Brussels – to be confirmed


Reduced course fees (€50): NuGO or MoniQA Association or Healthgrain Forum member or employee/ student of a member organisation
Full course fees (€100): Able to pay course fees in full as well as travel and accommodation



There are a number of practical exercises during the workshop:

  • 13.30-15.00 Priorities population, substances: overview TDS (including exercise)
  • 09.00-12.30 Food coding: LanguaL and FoodEx
  • 13.30-17.00 Food databases: FoodCase-Risk Introduction

Please bring your laptop if you have one. You will also need to pre-download the following:

  1. FoodEx2 browsing tool – available to download from:
  2. LanguaL Food Product Indexer and Thesaurus from:

Please bring some labels (actual or printed label information) that would make the exercises more interesting; the more difficult the better since the aim is to get an idea of what is involved with using LanguaL and FoodEx2.

Google Chrome is recommended for accessing these downloads, but other browsers will work.

NB: FoodEx2 and LanguaL will only work on a PC

Further, you will need Java for FoodCase-Risk. To test if Java is installed on your laptop, you can use Oracle’s website:, click on the ‘Verify Java version’ button and allow the tool to do all tests.



Siân Astley, EuroFIR AISBL, Tel. +44 (0)754 869 8343, email [email protected]


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