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EuroFIR Project – A Key Role in Creation and Compiling of Bulgarian Food Composition Database

Desislava Krasteva Gyurova

Desislava Krasteva Gyurova 1

  1. National Centre of Public Health and Analysis, Department “Organic Analysis”Boulevard “Academic Ivan Geshov” Sofia Bulgaria 1


The food chemical composition databases provide a detailed information on nutritional composition, derived from the specific needs of each country. Data sources and their quality should be documented for each nutrient and in accordance with international and regional standards. The  collaboration with leadership of the EuroFIR Project and contacts with various representatives of the participating countries contributed to capacity development in our country  in a following way: EuroFIR workshops, training courses, self training.Thus, only helped the professional growth of staff to learn the basic criteria for correct description, identification of foods and establishment and compiling of Bulgarian food chemical composition database.
Bulgarian Food Composition Data Base includes 828 foods with 37 nutrients for each food:
English food names and Bulgarian food names
No Scientific names
828 food codes 
Original Food Group
Nitrogen to protein conversion factor (NCF) and the Fatty acid conversion factor (FACF) were provided for a number of foods 
LanguaL food description -  for all foods

Contribution/ Originality
This study documents the steps in the construction of a new, modern food chemical composition database of Bulgarian foods, relying on rules and requirements in the collection, identification and description of the foods according to European standard EuroFIR.




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