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What is the process of adding the nutritional content of my branded food product to the USDA Branded Food Database?

The USDA Branded Food Database was created through a partnership with Label Insight. Food manufacturers may submit their food product data directly to the USDA Branded Food Products Database for inclusion in the database. Companies can begin by filling out the form on the Label Insight website.

Companies can also submit their product information to the 1WorldSync Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN) through the form on the GDSN website.

Are there certification programs on the humane treatment of poultry?

You can find information about a number of certification programs on the humane treatment of poultry and other animals at the Animal Welfare Information Center’s Certification Programs page.

Some well-known certification programs include:

Certified Humane Certification Program - You can learn about the standards required to be Certified Humane as well apply for this certification at the Certified Humane website.

What guidelines should animal shelters and rescues follow?

Guidelines and laws pertaining to animal shelters and rescues are regulated at the state, county, or city level, rather than at the federal level. Some states may require that rescue organizations or animal care facilities be subject to licensing or zoning regulations. Other states may apply broad regulations to rescue groups to address, for example, animal ownership, vaccination requirements, transporting animals across state lines, and limitations on the number of animals on private property.

Where can I find information about preserving food at home?

Home food preservation, whether through canning, drying, fermentation, freezing, or pickling, is a time-honored method to provide families with a stable and reliable supply of food during leans month after harvest. If you would like to learn more about the topic, please start with the National Center for Home Food Preservation (NCHFP), hosted by the University of Georgia (UGA) at

Are there safety issues involved in urban farming?

Yes. One major safety concern is the risk of contaminants, lead or other heavy metals in the soil. It is important to investigate the history of the land where produce may be grown, especially if the land is near a former industrial site. Soil tests are recommended for all new gardening sites. In areas with soil health issues, using raised beds or planting in imported soil may reduce the chances of contamination. 

The suburbs of my city have grown, and new housing is being developed near farms that have existed for generations. Can local government place restrictions on farms due to noise, pollution or smells?

All fifty states have right-to-farm statutes. These laws are meant to protect farmers from nuisance lawsuits filed by an individual who moves to an area where a farming operation exists, or in some cases where a farm has existed substantially unchanged for some time, and who files a lawsuit to stop the farming operation. 


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.

If you have a question related to food and nutrition please use the Ask a Question form. For questions about the FNIC website email:

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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