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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 new food data system will integrate these databases into USDA FooDS.

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Historical Dietary Guidance Digital Collection

This collection allows users to browse and search over 900 federal dietary guidance and nutrition education publications.

Tree nuts provide fewer calories than shown on labels

The question of whether those nutrients are bioavailable is being examined by scientists in the ARS Food Components and Health Laboratory in Beltsville, Maryland.

USDA Discontinues SuperTracker and Food-A-Pedia

Supertracker will be discontinued on June 30, 2018

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1. July 3, 2018-The USDA invites comments on the proposed rule to establish the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard mandated by Congress in 2016. Comments may be submitted online through the Federal eRulemaking portal Comments may also be filed with the Docket Clerk, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Room 4543-South, Washington, DC  20250; The proposed rule previewed in the May 3, Federal Register. 

2. July 10, 2018: HHS’ Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2030 meeting will be held online via webinar and is open to the public. Discussion will focus on development of national health promotion and disease prevention objectives for 2030. Registration:

3. July 12, 2018: FDA will hold a public meeting to discuss foods produced using animal cell culture technology. The meeting will be held from 8:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the Harvey W. Wiley Federal Building, 5001 Campus Drive, Auditorium (first floor), College Park, MD 20740. Registration or more information email:

4. July 16-17, 2018 Healthy Aging Summit. The 2018 Healthy Aging Summit goals are to; Explore the science on health aging, identify knowledge gaps, promote prevention and support people aging in place and in their community. Abstracts due by February 5, 2018. Submit abstract here

 5. 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.

Online: 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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