Information for Researchers

The mission of the Methods and Application of Food Composition Laboratory (MAFCL) is to identify critical food composition needs for researchers, policymakers, food producers and consumers. MAFCL develops and maintains food composition databases for foods available in the United States; conducts research on the impact of the environment, production, and preparation on food composition and intake; and develops new and improved analytical methods.


Find information from national and other food and nutrition surveys. Includes data on food intake, risk factor prevalence, and other health indicators. Also find information on survey methodology.

Links to resources on policy and legislation including the Federal Register Online and the Library of Congress' THOMAS legislation information tool. Also find information on state policies related to child nutrition and school health.