Welcome to EuroFIR AISBL

  • About Us

    Who are we?

    EuroFIR AISBL is an international, member-based, non-profit Association under Belgian law was set up in 2009 to ensure sustained advocacy for food information in Europe. EuroFIR AISBL is also a EIT Food Network Partner. Learn more under EuroFIR Today

    Our Mission

    Our mission is to be the best and only independent broker of validated food composition data and supporting information in Europe and beyond, facilitate improved data quality, storage and access, and encourage wider applications and exploitation of food composition data for both research and commercial purposes.

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  • Food Data

    A unique food composition resource in Europe

    EuroFIR AISBL is the only independent food composition resource in Europe bringing together food composition datasets from 26 European Countries, Canada, the US, New Zealand and Japan at a single point of entry. We are regcognised as an independent resource promoting trust troughout a proven network of contacts facilitating access and cooperation amongst national food composition database compiler organisations and other key users compiler organisations and other key users including the food industry, research, education and policy-makers. We provide access to a wide range of food composition data (FoodExplorer), recipe calculation (FoodBasket), plant and plant-food supplement bioactive compound composition (ePlantLIBRA) and biological effects database for plant-based bioactive compounds (eBASIS).

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  • Membership Information

    Become a member of an international network of experts and stakeholders!

    We offer:
    • A flexible, costs-effective range of benefits including access to food composisition data (nutrients and bioactives)
    • Bespoke training and consultancy, directly or via the Membership
    • Research and development opportunities through EC Programmes
    • Access to a European network of food composition data compilers, stakeholders and food industry

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  • FoodEXplorer is an innovative interface for food composition data which allows users to search information from most EU Member States as well as Canada and USA, simultaneously. Ordinary Members have access to a wide range of data, linking foods and nutrients through harmonised data description (LanguaL), standardised components and value description with the use of EuroFIR thesauri (standard vocabularies) and associated nutrient value information. Replacing eSearch, FoodEXplorer includes options to search for food by name, food groups and the most common LanguaL food description. FoodEXplorer is much more powerful, and has the unique ability to compare component values between foods from the several countries. Results can be downloaded as a Food Data Transport Package (FDTP).

  • FoodBasket supports all users, especially dieticians, with the calculation of composite and prepared foods. It runs on mobile devices (e.g. smart phones and tablets) as well as desktop computers, and the user-friendly, multi-lingual interface enables users to select any food composition dataset linked with FoodEXplorer. The results can be exported as text as well as XML-files. Recipes calculated in advance can also be used as ingredients in new recipes using FoodBasket, which fully integrated with the EuroFIR Interchange Platform resources.
    Find out more about FoodBasket here!
    Access FoodBasket here!
  • ePlantLIBRA is a database containing information about plant- and plant-food supplements specifically bioactive compounds in botanicals and herbal extracts with putative health benefits and adverse effects. ePlantLIBRA is based on three existing databases: eBASIS (Bioactive Substances in Food Information System), developed by EuroFIR; the MoniQA contaminants database (FP6 Monitoring and Quality Assurance in the total food supply chain); and FERA’s HorizonScan database. Scientific names, plant families, synonyms, common names in 15 European languages, colour photographs to aid identification and links to the Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN), together with details on edible parts, colour, size and shape, have been included for the plants in ePlantLIBRA. LanguaL has been used to code food descriptions.
    Find out more about ePLANTLIBRA here!
    Access ePLANTLIBRA here!
  • eBASIS The EuroFIR eBASIS (Bioactive Substances in Food Information Systems) is a unique Internet deployed food composition and biological effects database for plant-based bioactive compounds with putative health benefits. Over 300 major European plant foods are listed and information on 17 compound classes (e.g. phytosterols, polyphenols, glucosinolates and lignans) is provided covering multiple bioactive compound classes and plant foods, with data sourced from peer-reviewed literature. A standardised approach to quality assurance of literature searching, data evaluation and reporting has been incorporated throughout the design, construction and delivery of the database. The quality assurance systems in EuroFIR eBASIS are supported by standard operating procedures (SOPs) and full documentation of decisions and procedures.
    Find out more about eBASIS here!
    Access eBASIS here!
  • EuroFIR Theasauri: Use of special standardised controlled vocabularies (thesauri) for food composition data (FCD) description is one of the key elements of harmonised and standardised EuroFIR specifications for FCD processing. The specifications are based on a relational database model containing four main and other additional entities. The four main entities (Food, Component, Value, Reference) are mandatory for data documentation and they build the core set that is necessary for proper description of FCD. The description of the food is regulated through the LanguaLTM Thesaurus. Its web page provides access to current and archival versions of the thesaurus, information about updating and other topics, and access to the Food Product Indexer tool to help describing the foods.
    Find out more about EuroFIR Thesauri here!
  • elearning modules The elearning modules are ideal for users of food composition information who want to know more about the principles, strenghts and limitations of analysis methodes to determine:  

      • Macronutrient Module 1) composition

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      • Vitamins (Module 2) nutrients

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