To provide transparency and traceability, the present edition of the food composition table supplies the list of sources used for each aggregated value.
In order to reflect the variance of values encountered, Ciqual uses different data sources to supply its database.
With its own budget, Ciqual orders nutritional analyses every year from an external laboratory for 60 to 80 food items. Nevertheless, this does not allow a sufficient update for all the foods included in the whole databank.
This is why Ciqual takes part in research programmes on food composition, with partners such as research institutes, producers, trade organisations, distributors, laboratories, consultancy firms, etc.
At the same time, Ciqual collects data from scientific literature and laboratory reports, which some companies share with ANSES.
Finally, to compensate for the lack of data from the above sources, Ciqual relies on recipe calculations and borrows data from foreign food composition tables.