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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.

Infographic for Historical Dietary Guidance Digital Collection

Historical Dietary Guidance Digital Collection

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

USDA Food and Nutrient Database for Dietary Studies 2015-2016

Used to determine nutrient values for landmark surveys: What We Eat in America and NHANES.

Nominations for 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee

The deadline to submit nominations for the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee is October 6, 2018 ET

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1. September 27, 2018 1-2pm ET: Leveraging Laws and Policies to Help Achieve Healthy People 2020 Objectives: Webinar: From policy to plate: Increasing fruit and vegetable intake through accessibility, affordability, and demand.Register: here 

October 9, 2018: The NASEM Health and Medicine will host the next Food Forum from 8:30a to 5p: Current Status and Response to the Global Obesity Pandemic. Free registration available here

3. October 18-19, 2018:The Joint Institute for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (JIFSAN) Advisory Council will hold a 2018 Fall Symposium 'Harnessing Public, Private Partnerships (P3s) to Improve Food Safety & Nutrition Outcomes' in Beltsville, Maryland to look at the role public private partnerships have played in society and how such efforts in food safety capacity building may improve public health outcomes. 

4. April 23-25, 2019: The 33rd Annual National Child Nutrition Conference, Chicago IL. Attendees learn about Child and Adult Care Food Program, At Risk-After School, Head Start and other child nutrition programs. https://www.cacfp.org/news-events-conferences/national-cacfp-sponsors-as... 

5. January 1, 2020FDA 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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