This indicator shows consumption of selected meat, dairy, fish and seafood products by weight in the EU-28. Consumption is shown in both kg/capita/year (figure 1) and as an index of the per capita amount consumed (figure 2).
Figure 1 shows the change in consumption of meat, dairy, fish and seafood between 1995 and the most recent data point. Meat is disaggregated into bovine meat, pig meat, poultry, mutton and goat meat, and other meat. Dairy is divided into whole milk, cream, cheese and butter. Fish and seafood consumption is disaggregated into demersal fish, pelagic fish, freshwater fish and other fish and seafood.
Figure 2 shows the development of per capita consumption of bovine, pig & poultry meat, total meat, and aggregated fish and seafood, together with a single value for milk, that represents all dairy products excluding butter. Figure 2 presents the development of consumption of these products as an index to the reference year (1995).
Food consumption is drawn from the FAO statistics database. This provides a figure, “food”, that represents the amount of each product that reaches the consumer. The amount of food actually eaten will be lower than the quantity shown in the food balance sheet due to wastage of edible food in households during storage, preparation and cooking, unused food leftovers and food fed to domestic animals and pets.
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