The EU Menu is a project aimed at harmonising data collection on food consumption across Europe. Co-ordinated by EFSA, and in close co-operation with Member States, it will allow the collection of comparable food consumption data across the EU.
Although national dietary surveys are already conducted in many European countries, it is not currently possible to carry out EU-wide analysis or country-to country comparisons on food consumption due to differences in how information is collected.
The EU Menu aims to provide standardised information on what people eat in all countries and regions across the EU. It will allow more efficient and accurate exposure assessment and support risk managers in their decision making on food safety. It will also assist policy makers in assessing the nutritional status of population groups, setting targets regarding healthy diets and monitoring progress over time. In that way, the EU Menu will contribute to safer food and healthier diets for European citizens.
In February 2010 members of EFSA’s Advisory Forum signed a declaration supporting the establishment of a pan-European food consumption survey.
Declaration of EU member states on the EU Menu