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EuroFIR visitors to SAFOODS, 12-13 February 2018:
The South African Food Data System (SAFOODS) operates within the Biostatistics Research Unit of the South African Medical Research Council in Cape Town, 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.

Dr Averalda van Graan, Manager of SAFOODS, together with her Food Composition Compilation team, Mrs Joelaine Chetty and Mrs Malory Jumat, hosted two international visitors from the European Food Information Resource (EuroFIR) network, 12-13 February 2018. 

Dr Paul Finglas, Head of Food Databanks National Capability and Research Leader in Food & Health, Quadram Institute, Bioscience, Norwich Research Park, UK, together with Dr Karl Presser affiliated to the university ETH Zùrich and Managing Partner, Premotec in Switzerland, visited the SAFOODS team.

The Quadram Institute successfully received the UK Global Challenges Research Funding Grant, to engage with African researchers in the area of food composition, intake and health.  The two day visit entailed engaging with SAFOODS team, networking with stakeholders from the SAMRC Units Strategic Health and Innovation Partnerships (SHIP) and Information Technology (IT) and attendance of a food compilation software tool workshop and demonstration.   The successful collaboration between SAFOODS and EuroFIR aims to improve data capturing of food composition within South Africa.

Mrs Joelaine Chetty (Research Dietitian-Food Compiler, SAFOODS), Dr Petro Wolmarans (Retired Manager:SAFOODS), Dr Karl Presser (ETH Zurich and Managing Partner:Premotec, Switzerland), Dr Averalda van Graan (Specialist Scientist and Manager:SAFOODS), Dr Paul Finglas (Head: Food Databanks National Capability and Research Leader in Food & Health, Quadram Institute Bioscience, UK), Mrs Malory Jumat (Nutrition & Food Scientist-Food Compiler, SAFOODS)