Knovel Corporation, a provider of Web-based information services for engineers, scientists, and librarians, has announced that the company is partnering with the National Academies Press (NAP), publisher for the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Research Council, to create an electronic version of the Institute of Medicine's Food Chemicals Codex (FCC). Since its first edition in 1966, the FCC has provided standards for quality and purity in food chemicals, and is officially referenced by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and many agencies in other countries. The electronic version of the FCC will be available to customers in May 2005.
The new Knovel offering is an interactive version of the Food Chemicals Codex, Fifth Edition
, updated with more than 100 pages of errata. The Knovel version of the FCC includes interactive tables for monographs and flavor chemicals that allow scientists to manipulate, search, and export the data in a variety of formats. In addition, Knovel has hyperlinked each IR spectra to its respective monograph or flavor chemical both within the PDF and the interactive tables. All structures within the FCC will also be made searchable via Knovel's upcoming chemical structure search which will deliver even more flexibility by focusing on numeric fields in addition to textual content. The Fifth Edition updates the field, incorporating the monographs of previous editions with new material. Each monograph provides a physical description of the substance and its use in foods, lists its purity requirements, describes the appropriate tests to determine compliance, and provides packaging and storage guidelines.