Thank you to all of our stakeholders who provided nutrient composition data as part of our October 2015 data call.
While the call for data has now closed, FSANZ welcomes nutrient composition data from external bodies such as universities, food and health bodies and the food industry for inclusion in our food composition datasets at any time.
Currently our datasets are issued as versions, rather than updated continuously. How soon new data appears depends on the release of the next version of the dataset. For data received between the release of NUTTAB publications, we can publish newly provided data in short reports until the data is incorporated into the following NUTTAB.
What data are published in NUTTAB?
FSANZ includes analytical data (i.e. results from laboratory analyses) on nutrients for foods that are available to consumers in Australia. We collect information on:
- macronutrients i.e. moisture, fat, protein, ash, sugars, starch, fibre and organic acids (also known as proximates)
- fatty acids
- tryptophan (an amino acid)
FSANZ also collects food sample metadata. These data are as important as the nutrient values because they allow us to compare the data with previous analyses and international work. Metadata includes:
- how, when, where and what samples were purchased for analysis such as the food name, the date, state, city/suburb and name of the store the samples were purchased, the brand or variety of the food, the package size and type
- how the samples were prepared for analysis (e.g. cooked, peeled, washed, rehydrated), the weight of the sample before and after preparation, whether individual or composite samples were prepared for analysis
- the laboratory that undertook the analysis, the date of analysis and the method of analysis and limits of reporting etc. in addition to the analytical values and their units.
We do not require a minimum set of nutrients for submitting data for inclusion in our nutrient databases, however it is useful to include at least some proximate data, in particular, moisture content of the sample.
How to provide data to FSANZ?
FSANZ prefers to receive data in a spreadsheet (or similar) format rather than as a word processing or PDF document to avoid transcription errors. A data collection template is available below.
What does FSANZ do with the data?
FSANZ will review data provided for quality and appropriateness for inclusion in our nutrient databases, and consult with the data providers to address any data issues or questions. The data are stored in our internal databank which we draw on to produce NUTTAB and other resources including the Nutrition Panel Calculator. Depending on the data submitted, they may be used to validate existing data, added to an existing food record or included as a new food record.
Generating data for FSANZ nutrient databases - A guide to designing nutrient analysis programs for food companies and organisations
Food Data Analysis Section
Food Standards Australia New Zealand