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NACDD Supports product-specific nutrition database

NATIONAL NUTRITION DATABASE STATEMENT OF SUPPORT

We, the undersigned, recommend that the US Food and Drug Administration, in coordination with other federal agencies, create, maintain, and make publicly accessible a comprehensive product-specific nutrition database that will allow for the transparent and timely assessment of changes in the nutrient content of food and beverages sold in the US.

This recommendation builds on the experiences of the National Salt Reduction Initiative (NSRI), a partnership of more than 70 cities, states, and national health organizations working to reduce population sodium intake by 20 percent over five years. The NSRI created nutrition databases for packaged and restaurant foods to assess baseline sodium content by brand and by food category. These databases were created because of the significant limitations of current databases and commercially available information. The databases provide a framework for tracking changes in nutrients over time to evaluate the impact of the initiative and demonstrate their feasibility and value to advance public health objectives.

 

We believe that this type of nutrition information repository should be free and accessible both to public health authorities and to all US consumers. In addition to providing a tool to assess nutrient changes in the US food supply, this database would complement efforts to encourage consumers to identify foods and beverages that support a healthy lifestyle. Accurate, up-to-date, and comprehensive nutrition information could be easily maintained in a cost efficient manner by simply requiring industry to submit timely updates of their Nutrition Facts label information.

Signatories

State of Alaska Division of Public Health

American Dietetic Association

American Heart Association

Arkansas Department of Health

Association of Black Cardiologists

Boston Public Health Commission

Broome County Health Department

Chicago Department of Public Health

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Consumers Union

Cook County Department of Public Health

Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists

Houston Department of Health and Human Services

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

Maricopa County Department of Public Health

Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Minneapolis Department of Health and Family Support

National Association of Chronic Disease Directors

National Association of County and City Health Officials

National Hispanic Medical Association

National Kidney Foundation

New Mexico Department of Health

New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

New York State Chapter of the American College of Cardiology

New York State Department of Health

North Dakota Department of Health

Northwest Kidney Centers

Oregon Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health

Pennsylvania Department of Health

Philadelphia Department of Public Health

Rhode Island Department of Health

Society for the Analysis of African-American Public Health Issues

Summit County Health Department

Utah Department of Health

Wisconsin Heart Disease and Stroke Alliance