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Results from the National Food Survey for the first quarter of 1999 ...
Results from the National Food Survey for the first quarter of 1999

are issued today. An article about a possible merger between the

National Food Survey and the Family Expenditure Survey from April

2001 is to be found at:

The proportion of food energy derived from fat continued to

decline, falling to 37.7 percent compared with 38.5 percent in the

same period of 1998. There was also a slight decrease in the

proportion of food energy derived from saturated fatty acids (14.8

percent) compared with 15.0 percent in the first quarter of 1998.

Energy intake, at 1680 kcal, was slightly lower than in the first

quarter of 1998 (1720 kcal), mainly due to a decrease in consumption

of spreading and cooking fats and also of 'other' cereals. Intakes of

fat and fatty acids followed the same pattern. A drop in consumption

of fresh and processed fruit resulted in a decrease in assessed

intake of vitamin C compared with the same period in 1998. Vitamin A

intake also fell as a result of a drop in consumption of liver.

Assessed intakes of all vitamins and minerals, except for iron and

zinc, remained well above the Reference Nutrient Intakes.

With a 4 per cent increase in price, household consumption of

carcase beef and veal fell by 8 per cent on the same period last year

and by 24 per cent compared with five years ago. Primary poultry also

recorded a year on year decline (of 5 per cent). Purchases of pork

and lamb joints were higher, reflecting lower prices, and quarterly

consumption of frozen convenience meats and meat products rose by 14

per cent maintaining a long term upward trend.

Liquid whole milk purchases fell by 6 per cent, despite a fall in

price in absolute terms and relative to skimmed milks. There was a 5

per cent fall year on year in butter prices and an increase in

consumption, particularly of UK produced butter. However total

consumption of fats declined by 8 per cent due to reductions in

purchases of margarine and vegetable and salad oils.

Despite much higher prices, consumption of fresh potatoes was

higher than in the same period last year although this partially

reflects the unseasonably low amounts purchased in the first quarter

of 1998. Overall consumption of fresh vegetables fell by 4 per cent

as prices rose. Purchases of processed vegetables recorded a 5 per

cent increase marked by a high consumption of frozen potato products.

With higher year on year prices, household consumption of citrus

fruit, apples, bananas, and fruit juices declined. Conversely grapes

and other stone fruit purchases maintained the steady rise seen in

recent first quarter results as prices fell.

Household consumption of bread and buns, cakes and biscuits was

about the same as in the first quarter of 1998. However there was a

fall in household consumption of rice.

Consumption in the home of beverages recovered from the low level

recorded in 1998.

Household expenditure on food and drink in thefirst quarter of

1999 rose slightly over the same period in 1998.


The National Food Survey is a continuous survey of households in the

United Kingdom. The results presented in this note are for Great

Britain and are based on a sample of just over 1500 households who

were asked to keep a diary of their household food and drink

purchases for one week. Although information is collected on eating out in GB, only household food and drink is reported here.

This Statistical News Release together with the annual National Food

Survey Report and historical data can be found under the heading

'statistics' on the World Wide Web at

Faxback copies can be obtained by dialling 0906 711 0395. There is a

charge of 50p per minute for the telephone call. An index and

calendar showing all information available and forthcoming

publication dates is also available via faxback (tel: 0870 444 0200)

and on the WWW.

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