In September 2016, US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the launch of the USDA Branded Food Products Database. This new online tool contains nutrient composition and ingredient information on branded foods and private label data, provided by the food industry, on more than 80,000 (and growing) brand name prepared and packaged foods.
The database was the result of a partnership among USDA, ILSI North America, GS1 US, 1WorldSync, and Label Insight, organizations with a shared goal to foster access to and use of open data in initiatives designed to improve health. All researchers interested in nutrition and health will find this database useful. It will:
- enhance the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) by more accurately characterizing food selection and nutrient intakes for Americans;
- enable nutrition software developers to produce enhanced software so that dietitians will be able to better tailor diets to nutritional needs;
- enable medical researchers to better link dietary intakes to measures of chronic diseases
Access the database here: Branded Foods Database
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