CoFo is an implementation of the Comprehensive European Food Consumption Database, as published by EFSA . This database shows summarized data on consumption for various EU countries, as collected from 1997 to 2019 (situation 2022), in different surveys of EU member states. The data are collected for various types of consumers (age, status), and describe the number of consumers that participated in the survey, the average consumption and its standard deviation, and median, 95, 97.5, and 99 percentiles.

Comprehensive European Food Consumption Database

EFSAs website shows the collection of values, using the presentation tool MicroStrategy. The data are presented for 7 different Foodex levels; one of these levels is to be selected. The results can then be filtered with various parameters such as country, consumer, and commodity. These filters are not very intuitive with regard to the way one would like to select a subset of data, so it was decided to copy the data sets of the Comprehensive European Food Consumption Database into this Food Safety Portal, but to adapt the way of filtering. Now one can select the appropriate Foodex level during the filtering. Then the online version shows the results of all consumers and consumers only and per kg bodyweight in combination, whereas the EFSA website does show the results in separate tables (ignoring that the results are interrelated).

Future of CoFo

Food consumption data play a significant role in the exposure assessment of consumers to chemical compounds through food e.g. with regard to a RASFF notification. One can use EAST for an exposure assessment; in this tool the consumption data were taken for the EFSA PRIMo spreadsheet. It can be understood that the use of the EFSA comprehensive food consumption data base is a pretty good alternative. Doing so, this will ultimely provide you with a series of percentiles for the exposure to chemical compounds from food. In this way it is possible to estimate the percentage of the population, c.q. of consumers that exceeds a HBGV, without performing Monte Carlo calculations. This might complicate the decisions about whether there is a "serious risk" or not, but it gives a better feeling about the relevance of a situation for the whole population (e.g. if one is dealing with a staple food or with a rare commodity).

CoFO icon

CoFo can be pronounced as KhuFu. King KhuFu was the pharaoh that build the great pyramid of Giza. So it was decided to select an icon of a pyramid for the CoFo tool.


To use the online version of CoFo, select its icon