How we will produce the evidence-based EURRECA toolkit to support nutrition and food policy

Margaret Ashwell, Janet P. Lambert, Martine S. Alles, Francesco Branca, Luca Bucchini, Anna Brzozowska, Lisette C. P. G. M. de Groot, Rosalie A. M. Dhonukshe-Rutten, Johanna T. Dwyer, Sue Fairweather-Tait, Berthold Koletzko, Mirjana Pavlovic, Monique M. Raats, Lluis Serra-Majem, Rhonda Smith, Ben van Ommen, Pieter van't Veer, Julia von Rosen, Loek T. J. Pijls, EURRECA Network

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There is considerable variation in the recommended micronutrient intakes used by countries within Europe, partly due to different methodologies and concepts used to determine requirements and different approaches used to express the recommendations. As populations become more mobile and multi-national, and more traditional foods become available internationally, harmonised recommendations based on up to date science are needed. This was recognised by the European Commission's (EC) Directorate-General (DG) Research in their 2005 call for proposals for a Network of Excellence (NoE) on 'nutrient status and requirements of specific vulnerable population groups'. EURopean micronutrient RECommendations Aligned (EURRECA), which has 34 partners representing 17 European countries, started on its 5-year EC-funded programme in January 2007. The programme of work was developed over 2 years prior to submitting an application to the EC. The Network's first Integrating Meeting (IM) held in Lisbon in April 2007, and subsequent consultations, has allowed further refinement of the programme.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2-16
Number of pages15
JournalEuropean Journal of Nutrition
Issue numberSuppl 1
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2008


  • Consumer Product Safety
  • Europe
  • Evidence-Based Medicine
  • Guidelines as Topic
  • Humans
  • Micronutrients
  • Nutrition Policy
  • Nutritional Requirements
  • Nutritional Status

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