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

Location: Nutrient Data Laboratory

Project Number: 8040-52000-064-16-S
Project Type: Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Sep 17, 2013
End Date: Sep 16, 2018

The purpose of this project is 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.

This project incorporates multiple tasks to include reference material procurement and handling; evaluation of offerors and monitoring of 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 the contract laboratories. In addition, this agreement includes consultations with NDL and contract laboratories on issues of methodology, sample analysis, handling 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.