This month, EFSA announced that it has expanded its food consumption database with a new batch of data collected under the EU Menu project. The new release includes nine additional dietary surveys carried out in six countries – Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Greece, the Netherlands, and Slovenia. The food consumption surveys provide new information in all age groups covered by the EU Menu – infants, toddlers, children, adolescents, adults, the elderly, and special groups. Also, the statistics are broken down by gender.

The food consumption database plays a key role in the evaluation of the risks related to possible hazards in food, allowing estimates of consumers’ exposure to such hazards; a fundamental step in the risk assessment process.