The New Zealand Institute for Plant & Food Research Limited and the Ministry of Health jointly own the New Zealand Food Composition Database (NZFCD), the largest and most comprehensive collection of nutrient data in New Zealand. Staff at Plant & Food Research manage and maintain the NZFCD. The NZFCD's primary role is to provide up-to-date nutrient values for foods commonly consumed in New Zealand. It contains nutrient information on 2631 foods including carbohydrate, protein, fat, cholesterol, caffeine, vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, fibre, moisture and ash. Accredited laboratories in New Zealand and Australia are used to analyse these nutrients in the foods.
The NZFCD is available in three forms:
- New Zealand FOODfiles in a downloadable Microsoft Office Excel files format
- The Concise New Zealand Food Composition Tables in a printable pdf and Microsoft Office Excel file format
- New Zealand Food Composition Data for Nutrition Information Panel (NZFCD-NIP) in a searchable online database