USDA Launches Consumer Web Site with Food Label Info

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Agriculture Department on Thursday launched a consumer Web site that lists a breakdown of fatty acids, amino acids, vitamins, minerals, protein, fiber and calories for more than 6,000 foods, Reuters reports.

The database lists 117 nutrient categories for each food, including tryptophan, retinol, glycine and others that are not typically included on food package labels.

The data was collected from USDA researchers, food industry sources and other scientists.

Consumers can look up their favorite foods ranging from cheese crackers to chicken patties, choose a serving size, and see details about the 117 nutrients.

The USDA said the food database includes brand-name breakfast cereals, candies and even ostrich and emu meat.

The Web site is at:
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