In 2011 US President Barack Obama issued a Presidential Memorandum to develop a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) to develop multiple initiatives, including an expansion of the USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference with relevant information on branded food products.
While the USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference is considered the benchmark in nutrient data for foods worldwide, it primarily focuses individual food items.
There are many more manufactured food from the food industry found in the grocery stores and consumed across the nation and across the world. The food industry has the nutrient information for these products.
Previous attempts by the USDA to make this information available to organizations and individuals outside of the food industry had met limited success.
But with the development of the PPP, the USDA Branded Food Products Database has become a reality due to the collaboration of Agricultural Research Service (ARS) of the USDA, the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) North America (NA), the GS1 US, 1WorldSync, and Label Insight.
The USDA Branded Food Products Database is separate from but integrated with the USDA National Nutrient Database. It includes:
- the product name and generic descriptor
- serving size and servings per package
- nutrients shown on the Nutrition Facts Panel or the Expanded Nutrition Facts Panel
- weights and measures
- the ingredient list and sub-list,
- a date stamp associated with the most current formulation of the branded or private label food product
As food manufacturers opt to contribute nutritional information, several groups will benefit:
- public health policy groups
- medical researchers
- nutritional and healthcare professional
- National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey creators
What does this mean for you and your weight management? As an individual consumer, it can help you evaluate products in your pantry, as well as your future purchases to meet your specific nutritional needs. The food labels will provide even more information:
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