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Research Project: Nutrients of Public Health Importance in USDA Food Composition Data

Location: Methods and Application of Food Composition Laboratory

Project Number: 8040-10700-004-006-S
Project Type: Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Aug 5, 2020
End Date: Jun 30, 2025

Expanded food composition data and research focused in ongoing ARS programs will be established through small and large studies on the changing composition of the U.S. food supply. Emerging nutrients of public health importance will be studied and data will be included in USDA food composition databases that are part of the USDA FoodData Central and in related published research on nutrients, foods, diets and health outcomes, as they relate to potential in disease prevention. This includes vitamins, and bioactive compounds and select foods.

Food chemists/nutritionists and a statistician will provide support to the Methods and Applications of Food Composition Lab (MAFCL), including food chemists who will support federal staff in food research, e.g., compounds of public health importance, foods consumed by vulnerable U.S. populations. A thorough review of the literature and analytical methods and data analysis of existing and new data is required. Personnel hired will be assigned a research area; the statistician works across studies and in response to other needs of the MAFCL.