Public Health Nutrition

Research paper

Dietary survey methodology of FINDIET 2007 with a risk assessment perspective

Heli Reinivuoa1 c1, Tero Hirvonena2, Marja-Leena Ovaskainena1, Tommi Korhonena1 and Liisa M Valstaa1

a1 Nutrition Unit, National Institute for Health and Welfare, PO Box 30, FI-00271, Helsinki, Finland

a2 Risk Assessment Unit, Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira, Helsinki, Finland


A cross-sectional survey, FINDIET 2007, was carried out in Finland. Food intake data was collected by a 48 h recall interview. Additional food intake data was collected by a repeated 3 d food diary, a barcode-based product diary, a food frequency questionnaire and by a supplementary questionnaire on rarely eaten foods. The purpose of the present paper is to describe the methodology of the national dietary survey and to discuss the particular implications for the applications of food consumption data in risk assessment. The food consumption data of the FINDIET 2007 survey can be used in food risk assessment, due thanks to flexible data processing of individual food consumption, and a risk assessment point of view was taken into account. However, international standardisation projects are needed in order to estimate comparable food intakes.

(Received July 20 2009)

(Accepted March 15 2010)


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