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A proposal for a long-range plan (2001-2004) for dietary monitoring by the RIVM

Monitoring Voeding 2001-2004. Een voorstel voor een meerjarenprogramma uit te voeren door het RIVM


The National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) collects information within its research programme 'Food Monitoring' on exposure of the Dutch population to food components. This information is of use to Dutch food policy-making and dietary promotion activities. The current report proposes priorities in food monitoring for the 2001-2004 period. A balanced choice between food safety and good nutrition components/foods is recommended. Good nutrition. The Dutch National Food Consumption Surveys give insight into the intake of nutrients and food groups important for good nutrition. If these surveys are continued, RIVM need not collect this type of information. The only exception to this is sodium, for which the dietary assessment method of the Dutch National Food Consumption Survey is not suitable. For non-nutritive components as well as functional foods, enriched foods and food supplement monitoring do not yet seem necessary. Food safety. Monitoring of various natural toxins like myco- and phytotoxins (but not aflatoxin, DON and ochratoxin A) is recommended. Whereas continuation of current monitoring activities is sufficient for dioxins, dibenzofuranes, PCBs, PAHs and heavy metals, monitoring can be reduced to a minimum for aflatoxin and illegal pesticides The Dutch National Food Consumption Surveys, in which food consumption data are collected on many individuals, contribute important a priori knowledge for RIVM monitoring activities based on direct analytical methods.

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