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Title of Collaborative Activity:

National Food and Nutrient Analysis Program (NFNAP)

Description of Collaborative Activity:

The generation of original analytical data for foods at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is conducted through the National Food and Nutrient Analysis Program (NFNAP) in collaboration with multiple groups including the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and other federal agencies. NFNAP includes statistically based sampling plans for Key Foods, and analysis of foods by qualified laboratories. The five Specific Aims of the NFNAP are to: 1) establish a monitoring program for Key Foods and critical nutrients. Key Foods are frequently consumed foods and ingredients, which contributed, collectively, more than 75% of the intake of any specific nutrient for the U.S. population; 2) conduct comprehensive analyses of selected Key Foods; 3) develop databases for high priority foods consumed by U.S. ethnic subpopulations; 4) develop databases for new bioactive components; and 5) develop a validated database for ingredients in dietary supplements. Analytical data generated through the NFNAP are compiled and released in annual updates of the USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference (SR). They are also used to calculate estimates for related foods not analyzed, to assess nutrient variability, and to evaluate methods for estimating the nutrient content of multi-ingredient foods. These values will be used by the Food Surveys Research Group (FSRG), Agricultural Research Service (ARS) to develop the Food and Nutrient Dataset for Dietary Surveys used in the “What We Eat in America” (WWEIA) component of NHANES.

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Committee, Advisory Group, or Work Group

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