The South African Food Data System (SAFOODS) operates within the Biostatistics Unit of the South African Medical Research Council with the main aim of providing information on the energy and nutrition composition of foods consumed in South Africa. The information is aimed at scientists, healthcare professionals and others with an interest in food composition data.

Information on food composition captured in SAFOODS comes from different sources, e.g. chemically analysed food, other international food composition databases, scientific articles, and recipe calculations. The origin (reference sources) of the nutrient information is captured in SAFOODS and available from the food composition database compilers.

Currently SAFOODS contains nutrient information on 1667 food items. A shortened version of the South African Food Composition Database is available online.

A food composition database can never be complete and requires constant revision. Improving and increasing the information captured in SAFOODS are the main objectives of compilers of the database.

Focus area leader
Dr Averalda van Graan