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The French Observatory of Food Quality (Oqali)

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Updated on 02/17/2017
Published on 06/04/2013

The French Observatory of Food Quality aims to monitor changes to the quality of foods at both the nutritional and socio-economic levels.

The French Observatory of Food Quality (Oqali) aims to monitor changes to the quality of foods at both the nutritional level (nutrient composition, portion sizes, etc.) and socio-economic level (prices, market segments, etc.). It thus measures and publicises the practical results of efforts implemented by the food industry, notably in the context of charters on its commitment to nutritional improvement, under the terms of the National Nutrition and Health Programme (PNNS).
In the longer term, this monitoring will reinforce the partnership approach adopted by the authorities which is designed to encourage the food industry to orient their efforts towards meeting public health goals and consumer expectations, so that the advances achieved will benefit the largest number of people.

In practice:

  • in order to fulfil its missions, Oqali collects data on the nutritional characteristics of products (nutrient composition and labelling parameters). A special database has been built to monitor the evolution over time of products present on the French market;
  • partnerships with industry and food retailers have been set up in order to facilitate the collection of data, to adapt the methodology to each sector studied and encourage and support different sectors to improve the nutritional quality of their products;
  • all publications by Oqali - annual reports, sectoral or transversal studies and communication documents – are available online.

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