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Research Project: Food Yield and Composition

Location: Methods and Application of Food Composition Laboratory

Project Number: 8040-52000-068-63-S
Project Type: Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Dec 1, 2020
End Date: Aug 30, 2023

Objective:
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), Child Nutrition Programs (CNP), Nutrition, Education, Training and Technical Assistance Division (NETTA), has an Interagency Agreement with USDA, Agricultural Research Service (ARS), Methods and Application of Food Composition Laboratory (MAFCL) and Human Study Facility (HSF) to conduct a second phase of food yield studies. As part of this project, selected foods will be analyzed for food components that will be made available in the USDA FoodData Central. Overall, the project will examine high consumption and changing foods for food yield and allow for selected samples for analyses of food components by the cooperator.

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.