Food ingredient applications: Tools

Food Additives Intake Model

The Food Additives Intake Model 2.0 (FAIM) is a tool for estimating chronic dietary exposure to food additives. It allows users to estimate the mean and high level exposure to food additives for different population groups in several European countries.

It can be used by applicants, risk assessors and risk managers for estimating exposure to new food additives or to already authorised food additives for which a new use is proposed. Exposure results are provided for different population groups (e.g. infants, toddlers, adults, etc) and for different countries.

FAIM is based on data collected from Member States on food consumption (stored in the EFSA Comprehensive European Food Consumption Database).

How does it work?

Enter the occurrence levels for the food additive under evaluation for the relevant food categories.

You can use:

  • “proposed use levels” for new food additives or for a new use of an already authorised food additive;
  • “reported use levels” or analytical results in case of an evaluation of an already authorised food additive.

All values have to be entered as mg/kg of food.

To use the tool, you need to register. Send an email to data.collection [at] with your name, last name, email address and affiliation.