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Submitting Data for the USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference
The USDA’s National Nutrient Databank System (NDBS) integrates all functions associated with the development and dissemination of food composition databases. Full documentation behind nutrient data, including analytical methods, sample handling, and label information can be entered and stored in the NDBS. A variety of statistical measures have been incorporated to validate data and to aggregate data from a variety of sources. The NDBS was developed, and is maintained, by the Nutrient Data Laboratory (NDL). The primary product of the NDBS is the USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference (SR), a scientific, non-regulatory database of foods consumed in the U.S. Yearly updates are made to this database to ensure that product information is current and data are of the highest possible quality. A subset of SR is used to support the dietary intake component of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey: What We Eat in America. Data from the USDA National Nutrient Database are used for many research, policy, education, treatment, and nutrition monitoring programs. SR includes food composition data for approximately 7500 foods -- of these, over 1,300 are brand name items.
We at NDL encourage the submission of food composition data by all facets of the food industry, academia, and other government agencies. Your help in maintaining the accuracy and currency of the National Nutrient Database is appreciated.
No fees are charged for submitting data or using this database. SR is released annually on our Web site at www.ars.usda.gov/nutrientdata. The NDL Web site has averaged over 100,000 unique user visits per month following release of an enhanced online search program in the spring of 2004. Some of the most actively used files on the NDL Web site are the online search program and the search applications for download to PCs and PDAs. Using these search programs, schools, the media and consumers may readily view your data and companies are encouraged to review their food items regularly. Brand name data obtained from sources other than the manufacturer -- including USDA contracts, other federal agencies, and publications -- may be included in SR. Mention of trade names, commercial products, or companies in our NDBS products, including SR, is solely for the purpose of providing specific information and does not imply recommendation or endorsement by the USDA over others not mentioned.
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Please Contact the Nutrient Data Laboratory before submitting data. Ask that your inquiry be forwarded to the appropriate food specialist.