Need for food reference materials in Asia
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A survey was conducted to determine perception, knowledge, use or application of Food Reference Materials (Food RM) in Asia and to assess individual country needs for these materials. Respondents of the questionnaire came from government institutions, private laboratories, food industries and state universities in 12 countries in Asia involved in food composition data generation. Results showed that only a third of the respondents had been using Food RM in their studies while the remainder were either unaware or not using these materials for logistical reasons or unavailability. The survey revealed emerging interest on the need to establish a Food RM Program in Asia. A common implementation strategy expressed by respondents is the creation of a center, where Food RM can be developed. This center will also be entrusted with the distribution of Food RM and collection, monitoring and evaluation of analytical data. The survey results will help ASIAFOODS in formulating guidelines or planning action regarding the use of Food RM to ensure accurate and dependable food composition data in the Asian region.
KeywordsPhysical Chemistry Analytical Data Analytical Chemistry Inorganic Chemistry Food Industry
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