The survey forms part of the Department of Health's rolling programme of nutrient analysis that provides up-to-date and reliable information on the nutrient content of foods.
The results of this survey and similar surveys of food composition are incorporated into the Department’s nutrient databanks used in dietary surveys to monitor the nation’s diet, the Composition of Foods Integrated Dataset and future publications of McCance and Widdowson’s The Composition of Foods series.
62 composite samples of a range of different brands were analysed for energy and a range of nutrients including fat, protein, carbohydrate, fibre and a full range of vitamins and minerals. Samples were purchased between September and December 2008. Results from the survey are available below.
Amongst the foods analysed were sweet and savoury biscuits, buns, cakes, pastries, tarts, fruit pies and doughnuts.