The continuous change in food preferences in the Italian population, the availability on the food market of food items with new formulations and the change in the composition due to new techniques in cultivation, breeding, processing and preservation, made the continuous revision of data published mandatory.
The BDA group follows a compilation procedure that includes different data sources, giving priority to Italian data. Main data sources remain CRA-NUT tables (EX-INRAN 2000 edition), and additional foreign databases and scientific papers, as appropriate.
The updated food groups are: fresh fruit and berries, cooked or canned fruit, dried fruit and seeds, fruit flours, fruit juices and drinks. Within these categories, compared to the 1998 version, the following components were added: aminoacids, some fatty acids (in particular omega-3), sugars, minerals and trace elements (magnesium, copper, selenium, chlorine, iodine, manganese, sulfur), vitamins (pantothenic acid, biotin, vitamin B12, vitamin K).
This is a list of the foods added compared to the first version: Anona, Feijoa, Guava, Litchi, 7 types of apple, Passiflora, 2 types of Plums, Fresh fruit NS, Fresh summer fruit NS, Fresh winter fruit NS, Fresh fruit salad, Exotic fruit NS, Peach with peel, Apricots canned in syrup, Pear, plums and cherries canned in syrup, Apple puree, Apricots dried and dehydrated, Cashew nut, Carob, Chestnut boiled and roasted, Date Medjool dehydrated, Macadamia, Dried almond, Pecan nut, Peach dried, Apple and Peach dehydrated, Bronte Pistachio DOP, Dried fruit oleaginous NS, Sugar dried fruit NS, Coconut milk, ACE fruit juice, Grape juice, Fruit juice NS.
Gorgonzola with walnuts was added to cheese category.
The coding of food components has slightly changed compared to the 2008 version, while the computer controls to assess appropriateness, completeness and accuracy of the data have been improved to ensure a better quality of data.
The updated food groups are: milk and milk products; meat and fish (fresh or preserved); alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages; eggs; fats. Within these categories, compared to the 1998 version, the following components were added: aminoacids, some fatty acids (in particular omega-3), sugars, minerals and trace elements (magnesium, copper, selenium, chlorine, iodine, manganese, sulfur), vitamins (pantothenic acid, biotin, vitamin B12).