Food and Nutrition Information Center
Listed below are quick links to FNIC's most popular topics and topics of interest. These links rotate frequently so please check back often.
- 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans
- Dietary Reference Intakes
- Sign up for the FNIC Nutrition Talk Email List
- USDA Food Composition Databases
- Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Food and Nutrition Research Briefs
- DRI Calculator for Healthcare Professionals
- How to Understand and Use the Nutrition Facts Label
- Evaluating Health Information
1. July 3, 2018-The USDA invites comments on the proposed rule to establish the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard mandated by Congress in 2016. Comments may be submitted online through the Federal eRulemaking portal www.regulations.gov. Comments may also be filed with the Docket Clerk, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Room 4543-South, Washington, DC 20250; The proposed rule previewed in the May 3, Federal Register.
2. July 16-17, 2018 Healthy Aging Summit. The 2018 Healthy Aging Summit goals are to; Explore the science on health aging, identify knowledge gaps, promote prevention and support people aging in place and in their community. Abstracts due by February 5, 2018. Submit abstract here
3. January 1, 2020: FDA issued a final rule to extend the compliance dates for updating Nutrition Facts and Supplement Facts labels to January 1, 2020 for manufacturers with $10 million or more in annual food sales. Manufacturers with less than $10 million in annual food sales will receive an extra year to comply until January 1, 2021.
The Food and Nutrition Information Center (FNIC) is a leader in online global nutrition information. Located at the National Agricultural Library (NAL) of the United States Department of Agriculture, the FNIC website contains over 2500 links to current and reliable nutrition information.
The Food and Agriculture Act of 1977 (Farm Bill) established the Food and Nutrition Information and Education Resources Center (later known as the Food and Nutrition Information Center, or FNIC) as a permanent entity within NAL. (see p.26 of PDF).
FNIC strives to serve the professional community (including educators, health professionals and researchers) by providing access to a wide range of trustworthy food and nutrition resources from both government and non-government sources. The FNIC website provides information about food and human nutrition. The materials found on this website are not intended to be used for the diagnosis or treatment of a health problem or as a substitute for consulting a licensed health professional.
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The use of trade, firm, or corporation names in this website (or in website pages) is for the information and convenience of the reader. Such use does not constitute an official endorsement or approval by USDA or the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) of any product or service to the exclusion of others that may be suitable. Likewise, some databases available on the FNIC website include resources from "non-government entities." Inclusion of these materials in a database does not constitute endorsement or recommendation by FNIC or the U.S. Government.
Online: If you have a question related to food and nutrition please use the Ask a Question form.
In person: FNIC Specialists can assist you Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. EST at the National Agricultural Library (NAL) in Beltsville, Maryland.
By phone: Call (301) 504-5414 to talk to an Information Specialist
Food and Nutrition Information Center
USDA ARS National Agricultural Library
10301 Baltimore Avenue,
Beltsville, MD 20705-2351