FOOD CONSUMPTION SURVEY
The Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD) has conducted Hong Kong's largest scale and most comprehensive food consumption survey for collecting information on food consumption patterns of the general public. Such information provides data for the evaluation of risks associated with food. In the past, only small scale studies for collecting food consumption data had been conducted in Hong Kong. As there were no previous surveys to collect territory-wide food consumption data for the purpose of food safety risk assessment, it is crucial for FEHD to conduct a population-based food consumption survey to establish a comprehensive database for food safety risk assessment. The survey also enhances the department's risk assessment capacity.
What is a food consumption survey?
How will the results be used?
- We will use the food consumption data to find out if the public is exposed to any potential dietary risks such as those from contaminants and food additives, and also to understand the size of the risk and which population groups may be most at risk. In the past, we did not have comprehensive data to conduct these in-depth risk assessments.
- Such information is vital for the Government in formulating public policies and education strategies to promote food safety in Hong Kong.
Which groups of people is this survey targeted at?
- This survey aims to cover the Hong Kong population aged 20 to 84 years. Around 5000 qualified people all over the territory have been selected through an anonymous and scientific household address sampling procedure.
What information has been collected in this survey?
- Food consumption data has been collected by three face-to-face and telephone interviews with each participant. Other information such as the participant's dietary practices, weight and height, general health, as well as demographic information have also been collected.