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Research Project: Awareness and Obtain Foreign/Imported Food/Beverage Items to Expand USDA Global Branded Food Products Database

Location: Nutrition, Food Safety/Quality

Project Number: 0204-41510-001-081-A
Project Type: Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Jul 1, 2021
End Date: Jun 30, 2024

Drive awareness and education of the USDA Global Branded Food Products Database with key stakeholders outside the U.S., this includes industry/trade, local Ministry’s, and other global organizations. Given the rise on global sourcing, understand global food choices and add nutritional information for imported products as prioritized. This effort includes identifying branded foods produced locally, nutrition data needs given labeling requirements in country and supported by INFOODS code list, and considering local language and supported needed by FoodData Central.

GS1 US will use the barcode standardization method they developed to identifying products and capturing product data has evolved into what is now known as the GS1 System, the world’s most widely used supply chain standards. GS1 Standards continue to be widely implemented across the food supply chain, as is the GS1 Global Data Synchronization Network™ (GDSN®) which is used to share GS1 standards based product information among trading partners. There are GS1 offices located in more than 114 countries as the global standards are used every day in more than 150 countries around the world. With many across industry looking to leverage the GDSN to populate the ARS National Nutrient Database, USDA ARS will provide funding to GS1 US ("cooperator") for services to leverage commercial private sector global standards use in their operations and the industry practice of the GDSN to facilitate the automatic movement of nutritional data from Institutional food manufacturers to the ARS National Nutrient Database.