Table 1

Variables to be collected‡ and format
Primary Format
Country country where data are collected
Fast food category refer to Table 2
Fast food sub-category (major) refer to Table 2
Company name as per data source
Product name as per data source
Serving size grams or millilitres
Energy kilojoules or kilocalories / 100 grams or 100 millilitres
Saturated fat grams / 100 grams or 100 millilitres
Total sugars grams / 100 grams or 100 millilitres
Sodium* milligrams / 100 grams or 100 millilitres
Data source NIP, MANUF, WEB, DATAB, OTHER
Date of data collection date (dd/mm/yyyy)
Secondary
Total fat grams / 100 grams or 100 millilitres
Trans fat grams / 100 grams or 100 millilitres
Monounsaturated fat grams / 100 grams or 100 millilitres
Polyunsaturated fat grams / 100 grams or 100 millilitres
Protein grams / 100 grams or 100 millilitres
Carbohydrate grams / 100 grams or 100 millilitres
Dietary fibre grams / 100 grams or 100 millilitres
Sub-category (minor) as defined for each country
Ingredients list Listing of ingredients
Price cost of product per item
Promoted as healthy option Yes/No – promoted by food manufacturer as small portion, lite option, or healthier option
Notes as deemed important by each collaborating country

NIP, nutrition information panel on product packaging; MANUF, direct from manufacturer; WEB, direct from internet site; DATAB, from external branded database.

*it will also be possible to submit data as salt in grams / 100 grams or 100 millilitres.

‡ countries will be required to indicate if the definition for a nutrient varies from that in the protocol.

additional variables can be collected by each country as required (e.g. calcium).

The Food Monitoring Group

The Food Monitoring Group BMC Public Health 2012 12:559   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-12-559

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