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 Updated 2015-10-09

The International LanguaL Steering Committee

The Charter of the International LanguaL Steering Committee was signed by nine national/international organisations in 1995. The principal goal of this charter is to provide a commitment and a mechanism to work together on developing ways to describe, share and exchange food information using LanguaL and to provide a common unified oversight of technical committee activities.

The original members of the International LanguaL Steering Committee were U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Centre de Rechèrche pour l'Étude et l'Observation des Conditions de Vie (CRÉDOC), Centre National des Études Vétérinaires (CNEVA-CIQUAL), Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAFF), University of Horticulture and Food Industry of Budapest, National Food Agency of Denmark, International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC-WHO), and FLAIR Eurofoods-Enfant (CEC) and its successor.

The International LanguaL Steering Committee is no longer active.

Regional LanguaL Technical Committees

The International Steering Committee accomplished most of its work through two regional technical committees: a European Technical Committee and a U.S. Technical Committee. These had an open structure, with core members, chosen from members of the International LanguaL Steering Committee, responsible for the maintenance and updating of the LanguaL descriptor system and invited experts.

From 1996, the LanguaL Secretariat has been situated in Europe. Currently, the European LanguaL Technical Committee comprises two members, Dr. Jayne Ireland and Anders Møller, Danish Food Informatics.

Suggestions and Proposals

A thesaurus is an evolving language, which should reflect scientific and technological evolutions in the field of foods. Suggestions to introduce new concepts or to improve those proposed in this edition are therefore welcome. Special interest groups on different topics are formed as need arises.

All communication in the LanguaL community is via e-mail and via the LanguaL site (, e.g on changes to LanguaL via the proposals page.

Eventual suggestions for updates/corrections should be send to the

LanguaL Secretariat and European LanguaL Technical Committee

Dr. Jayne Ireland
Danish Food Informatics (DFI)
Borgediget 12
DK-4000 Roskilde, Denmark



U.S. LanguaL Technical Committee

no current appointment

Other LanguaL contacts


Anders Møller
Danish Food Informatics
Borgediget 12
DK-4000 Roskilde, Denmark


Heli Reinivuo
National Public Health Institute
Mannerheimintie 166
FIN-00300 Helsinki, Finland
Fax: +358-9-47448591


Jean-Luc Volatier
Food Consumption Observatory (ANSES-OCA)
French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES) 
27-31 avenue du Général Leclerc, BP 19
F-94701 Maisons-Alfort cedex , France
Fax: +33 1 49 77 38 92


Nadia Slimani
150, cours Albert Thomas,
69008 Lyon, France

New release of Brazilian Food Composition Table.

Version 6.0 of the Brazilian Food Composition Table is now available.
See the TBCA website.
Release of the Nigerian Food Composition Database.

Version 1.0 of the Nigerian Food Composition Database is now available.
See the Nigeria Food Data website.
New release of the NZ Food Composition Database

The 2017 release of the NZFCD products are now available on the NZFCD website.
A farm to fork ontology.

FoodOn is a new ontology built to represent entities which bear a “food role”, currently based largely on LanguaL.
For more information,
see the FoodOn site.