The Food Standards Agency carries out surveys on the amounts and nutritional values of the food we eat in order to establish a sound evidence base from which to do its work.
The Agency's objective in respect of nutrition is 'improving the health of the UK population through encouraging and facilitating the adoption by the population of a healthy, balanced diet'.
One of the four main elements of a strategic framework to achieve this objective on nutrition is the securing of a sound evidence base for action to promote a healthy diet.
The Food Standards Agency conducts surveys which collect information on the types, amounts and nutritional value of food eaten in the UK.
This information is then used to estimate the nutrient intakes and nutritional status of the UK population - data which is vital to establishing the evidence base we need.