McCance and Widdowson’s The Composition of Foods 7th Edition

McCance and Widdowson’s (7th edition) – we will implement the 7th Edition into our database when available as a downloadable database.

The Composition of Foods, Seventh Summary Edition MW7 is prepared by IFR Institute of Food Research and the FoodComp team for publication by RSC Royal Society of Chemistry – September 2014

Updates and changes in McCance and Widdowson’s The Composition of Foods, Seventh Summary Edition MW7

  •       All data have been extensively reviewed – scientists have compared and added new industry data, new analytical data and recalculated all recipes. They have also reviewed and revised the list of foods contained in MW7 to reflect commonly consumed foods in the UK
  •       New data from analytical surveys includes foods in the following groups: flours and grains, bread, pasta, breakfast cereals, biscuits, cakes, eggs, fat spreads, fruits, vegetables and fish and fish products.
  •       The tables now include AOAC – scientists have analysed values for all new analytical data.  The edible conversion factor has been removed and replaced into a table in the back of the book.  In its place is a column to describe the main data reference (including year of analysis).
  •        The online Integrated Dataset (containing all foods) will be updated to coincide with the MW7 release.

There are also entries for many foods that have become popular in recent years such as fresh pasta and creme fraiche.

creme fraiche

The Seventh Edition is currently being prepared by IFR Institute of Food Research and the FoodComp team for publication by RSC Royal Society of Chemistry

UK FoodComp is a 4 year project to update CoFIDS – the Composition of Foods.


Online UK Composition of Foods Integrated Dataset (CoFIDS)

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) maintains the UK Nutrient Databank, with information on the nutrient content of foods commonly consumed in the UK.

The McCance and Widdowson’s The Composition of Foods (CoF) book series, i.e. the 6th Summary Edition and supplement publications, contains nutrient composition data based on information from this databank.

The CoF IDS lists analytical nutrient data for 3,423 foods. The data are divided across 16 worksheets and include nutrient data for macronutrients, vitamins, vitamin fractions, minerals, fatty acid fractions, phytosterols, and organic acids, as well as providing recalculated values for a selection of foods in the format required for nutrition labelling.


Any enquiries regarding the use and re-use of this information resource should be emailed

Recent FSA analytical surveys

Thirty-two composite samples were analysed for energy and a range of nutrients including fat, protein, carbohydrate, fibre and a full range of vitamins and minerals. Foods analysed were farmed and wild salmon, quiche, cook-in sauces, stir fry sauces, American muffins, Jaffa Cakes, coffee, sushi, vegetarian mince, rice cakes, premium chilled carton soups, potato wedges, vegetable curry (ready meal) and cake bars. Nutrient levels were in line with those found previously in other, similar foods.32foodsfromfoodstandards

Technical guidance on the nutrition provisions of Regulation (EU) No. 1169/2011 on the provision of food information to consumers (EUFIC), and to our guide to the (voluntary) UK front of pack labelling scheme announced in June



The EU FIC text can be found at:

NHS Choices webpage on food labels

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