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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

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Research Project: Coordination of Food Sample Preparation and Analytical Quality Assurance for USDA Contracts

Location: Nutrient Data

Project Number: 8040-52000-064-20
Project Type: Specific Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Sep 16, 2013
End Date: Sep 30, 2015

Objective:
To provide analytical quality control, analytical services, and technical expertise and coordination for USDA-initiated laboratory contracts and other laboratory projects to improve the quality of data in the National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference.

Approach:
This effort incorporates multiple tasks including reference material procurement and handling, evaluation of offerors and monitoring analytical contractors; preparation and shipment of food samples to contract laboratories to obtain analytical data; development and validation of analytical methods as coordinated with NDL; and consultation regarding quality control of nutrient data obtained from contract laboratories. In addition, this agreement includes consultations with NDL and contract laboratories on issues of methodology, sample analysis, handing and storage, and it may include analysis of specific nutrients in selected food matrices as well as research to improve methodology or address quality control issues related to optimizing food composition data, preparation, and publication of reports of results of this work.

Last Modified: 10/23/2014
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