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: http://www.maff.gov.uk/esg/surdev/surdev.htm.
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
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