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Food and Nutrition Information Center

Updated DRI Calculator for Health Professionals

This tool will calculate daily nutrient recommendations based on the Dietary Reference Intakes.

Building a One-Stop System for Food Data

USDA ARS food and nutrient databases provide information on more than 230,000 food items. A planned food data system will integrate these databases.

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Historical Dietary Guidance Digital Collection

This collection allows users to search over 1,200 federal dietary guidance and nutrition education publications.

research on intestinal cell differentiation and phenolic transportation

USDA Agricultural Research Service research

Changes in specific transporters on intestinal cells explain how the intestine may be adapting to chronic phenolic exposure

USDA Discontinues SuperTracker and Food-A-Pedia

You can use the MyPlate Plan to find the calorie level that is right for you based on your age, sex, height, weight, and physical activity level.

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1. July 26, 2018: FDA CFSAN has scheduled a public meeting to discuss FDA's Nutrition Innovation Strategy. Registration for the Rockville Maryland meeting is available at https://www.regonline.com/builder/site/tab1.aspx?EventID=2520021

2. 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.

To learn more about FNIC's content and linking policy, please review the webmaster section of the Frequently Asked Questions.  

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.

https://www.regonline.com/builder/site/tab1.aspx?EventID=2520021Online: 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

By mail:

Food and Nutrition Information Center

USDA ARS National Agricultural Library

10301 Baltimore Avenue,

Beltsville, MD 20705-2351

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