Last week, the Joint Institute for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (JIFSAN) updated its “What We Eat In America-Food Commodity Intake Database" (WWEIA-FCID). JIFSAN used the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) latest updates to include more relevant and recent food consumption data on its FoodRisk.org website.
The updated Dietary Exposure Evaluation Model-Food Commodity Intake Database (DEEM-FCID) from the EPA, which includes raw data from 2005-2010, replaced the 2003-2008 information and makes accessing and interpreting data easier for the public.
DEEM-FCID is a dietary exposure analysis model used to estimate dietary intake of any component of food and water. This includes nutrients, pesticides, toxicants, natural constituents, and food additives. The consumption, recipe, and associated demographic data files relating to food commodity intake can be found at JIFSAN.
The updates on JIFSAN’s Food Commodity Intake Database include new tools and applications to make the online data more easily available.
Some of the site’s elements, such as the commodity selections in recipes and the percentile calculator, now allow input from touch screen devices. The Commodity Consumption Calculator has “0.00” programmed into it in order to work with very small values. This convention allows for the differentiation between “true zeroes” and small values. The calculator also increased the number of decimal points in the output. Additionally, direct drinking water records (tap or bottled water) are included in the 2005-2010 data and in the calculator.
Another new addition is the time-stamp on the .csv export function, which allows users to track their performance information. Updates to the WWEIA-FCID also include recipe fixes and improvements to the commodity codes.
The next full release of data is expected to cover records from 2009-2016 with a release date set in 2017.