Series

UK Data Service series record for:

National Food Survey

Series abstract

The National Food Survey (NFS) ran from 1940-2000 and was the longest-running continuous survey of household food consumption and expenditure in the world. Originally set up in 1940 by the then Ministry of Food to monitor the adequacy of the diet of urban 'working class' households in wartime, it was extended in 1950 to become representative of households throughout Great Britain and from 1996, Northern Ireland. In later years the series was conducted by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and covered household food and food purchasing, including a 7-day diary recording food and expenditure. The last wave of the NFS was conducted in 2000. From 2001, the NFS has been replaced by the Expenditure and Food Survey (EFS), which subsequently became the Living Costs and Food Survey (LCF) in 2008. The UK Data Archive holds NFS data from 1974-2000.

Data access

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FAQ

What is the NFS?

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Which years of the NFS are available?

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Which topics are covered by the NFS?

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Does the NFS include information at the person and household level?

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Do I need to use weights to analyse this survey?

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Where can I obtain statistics and tables from the NFS?

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Using the National Food Survey for teaching

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Related studies:

  Living Costs and Food Survey, 2006-2014: Secure Access (SN 7047)
  National Food Survey, 1974-2000: Open Access Data (SN 7945)

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