Global Harmonization of Methodological Approaches to Nutrient Intake Recommendations: Proceedings of a Workshop


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The Food and Nutrition Board, in partnership with the Department of Nutrition for Health and Development of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Nutrition Division of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) organized a workshop to explore questions about the uses of nutrient intake recommendations, the frameworks used for their development, the status of nutrient intake recommendations globally, and experiences and expertise in methodological approaches. The workshop reviewed current nutrient intake recommendations; discussed the feasibility of harmonizing approaches to setting such recommendations globally; examined the development of principles by which they may be applied in diverse contexts that relate to individuals or populations, or regulatory purposes; and examined perceptions and acceptance of nutrient intake recommendations by different stakeholders. The goal was to develop discussion topics about ways to provide a uniform and consistent basis for setting nutrient intake recommendations across countries while accommodating culturally and context-specific food choices and dietary patterns. The workshop rapporteurs prepared this proceedings as a factual summation of the session discussions.