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No, only the IACUC can reverse a decision to withhold approval of a protocol.
Yes. The PHS Policy, Guide, and the USDA Animal Welfare Regulations presume that all ongoing animal activities have received the required prospective review and approval. An activity that has been undertaken without prior approval should be halted and subsequently reported to OLAW because it constitutes serious noncompliance.
Yes. According to NIH Notice NOT-OD-05-034, PHS Policy, IV.F.3, requires that: "The IACUC, through the Institutional Official, shall promptly provide OLAW with a full explanation of the circumstances and actions taken with respect to: (a) any serious or continuing noncompliance with this Policy; (b) any serious deviation from the provisions of the Guide [for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals]; or (c) any suspension of an activity by the IACUC."
No. Only the following are required by the Animal Welfare Act regulations to be reported:
- Change of operations: 9 CFR §2.30 (c) (1)
- Protocol suspension: 9 CFR §2.31 (d) (7)
- Uncorrected significant deficiencies from a semi-annual inspection: 9 CFR §2.31 (c) (3)
- The Annual Report: 9 CFR §2.36
Check out our Resource List, Sources of Free and Low Cost Nutrition Education Materials. Certain MyPlate materials are available for free download on the ChooseMyPlate website. For schools and child care centers that participate in the Federal Child Nutrition Programs, free materials can be ordered through the Team Nutrition website.
USDA Child Nutrition Programs, such as the National School Lunch Program and the Child and Adult Care Food Program, are administered by the USDA's FNS. Although Federal guidelines are in place, the programs are administered at the State level and therefore regulations vary from state to state.
Contact your State FNS Agency for more information.
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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Food and Nutrition Information Center
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10301 Baltimore Avenue,
Beltsville, MD 20705-2351