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Research Project: Food Buying Guide (FBG) for Child Nutrition Programs: Food Yield Studies and Food Component Analyses, Phase II

Location: Methods and Application of Food Composition Laboratory

Project Number: 8040-52000-068-61-I
Project Type: Interagency Reimbursable Agreement

Start Date: Oct 1, 2020
End Date: Sep 30, 2023

Objective:
USDA, Agricultural Research Service (ARS), Methods and Application of Food Composition Laboratory (MAFCL) and Human Study Facility (HSF) seeks to procure services through an Interagency Agreement with the USDA, Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), Child Nutrition Programs (CNP), Nutrition, Education, Training and Technical Assistance Division (NETTA) to conduct a second phase of food yield studies. FNS previously collaborated with ARS through an Interagency Agreement to conduct Phase I of the food yield studies. This project will secure a second phase of yield studies for high consumption foods in the Child Nutrition Programs. ARS utilized the findings of the first yield study conducted with CNP to help to fulfill the mission to assess food and nutrient intakes on yield outcome through nutrient analysis. The current project will examine additional high consumption and changing foods for food yield and allow for selected samples for analyses of food components.

Approach:
USDA FoodData Central (FDC) contains analytical and label data for thousands of foods and hundreds of food components; behind many of these data are yield determinations to assess amount of edible portions and potential loss of nutrients during preparation. Funding will support collection, processing, and analysis of weight differences between raw and prepared products for usual consumption. Product sampling through USDA vendors and scientists will provide new data to be used in the Food Buying Guide for food service personnel serving thousands of children in the US public school system. Yield information will be included in the Food Buying Guide and selected samples will be available for laboratory analysis of key food components. Data on food components and yield may be included in FDC.