Pilot project on the Danish implementation of FoodEx2 as part of the Standard Sample Description for the electronic transmission of harmonised chemical occurrence data to EFSA (NP/EFSA/DCM/2012/01)

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The National Food Institute at the Technical University of Denmark has been recoding and transmitting data for chemical contaminants and pesticide residues to EFSA in the SSD format on behalf of the Danish Veterinary and Food Authority using FoodEx1 and MATRIX food classification. To prepare for the updated data format for food description and classification, FoodEx2, this terminology has been fully translated into the Danish language. The translation tables (based on FoodEx1 as food classification) prepared while performing the data transmission grant project (Electronic Transmission of Chemical Occurrence Data (CFP/EFSA/DATEX/2009/01)) have been supplemented with the FoodEx2 code, comprising of base term and additional (non-implicit) facets. Approximately 1000 distinct food descriptions from the LIMS have been associated with the equivalent FoodEx2 codes. The performance of FoodEx2 in classifying and describing the food items present in the LIMS of the Danish Veterinary and Food Authority have been critically evaluated and commented on. Details on problems encountered have been submitted to EFSA in the form of a translation table containing the LIMS food descriptions in the catalogue used for translating these categories before transmitting results in SSD format to EFSA. Some of the problems or difficulties in coding the LIMS to FoodEx2 might originate from the apparent strong influence of the Exposure hierarchy on the FoodEx2 codes. Apart from this, difficulties mainly originated from differences in the level of detail and the coding of national specialties. The FoodEx2 codes have been used in twelve transmitted and accepted datasets. A total of 3496 samples of food and 223 samples of feed have been coded with FoodEx2 codes; a total of 73883 results for food and 1738 results for feed have been uploaded to the EFSA DCF.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherThe National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark
Number of pages20
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Seriesthe EFSA Journal
Volumesupporting publication

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The present document has been produced and adopted by the bodies identified above as author(s). This task has been carried out exclusively by the author(s) in the context of a contract between the European Food Safety Authority and the author(s), awarded following a tender procedure. The present document is published complying with the transparency principle to which the Authority is subject. It may not be considered as an output adopted by the Authority. The European Food Safety Authority reserves its rights, view and position as regards the issues addressed and the conclusions reached in the present document, without prejudice to the rights of the authors.


  • Food classification
  • Food description
  • Food groups
  • Food categories
  • FoodEx2
  • LIMS

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