FDA Center for Food Safety & Applied Nutrition  

College Park,  MD 
United States
  • Booth: 261

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition is responsible for promoting and protecting the public's health by ensuring that the nation's food supply is safe, sanitary, wholesome, and honestly labeled, and that cosmetic products are safe and properly labeled.


Food Waste Facts


  • Feed Your Mind Initiative
    A new education initiative to help consumers better understand genetically engineered foods, commonly called GMOs or genetically modified organisms.


  • In 2017, to help increase consumer understanding about GMOs, Congress provided funding for an Agricultural Biotechnology Education and Outreach Initiative, which calls upon FDA to share science-based educational information about genetically engineered foods (commonly known as genetically modified organisms (GMOs)).

    In March 2020, FDA in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), launched the Feed Your Mind Education and Outreach Initiative and shared science-based educational resources, such as web pages, fact sheets, infographics, and videos.

  • New Nutrition Facts Label: What’s in it for You
    Consumer education campaign to raise awareness and understanding about the updated Nutrition Facts label.


  • You may already know that FDA has updated the Nutrition Facts label on packaged foods and drinks. This major update to the label, the first in over 20 years, is based on updated scientific information and input from the public. To help consumers understand how to use the updated label, FDA developed the New Nutrition Facts Label: What’s in it for You education campaign, which features a suite of materials to help consumers understand and use the label, and to help educators teach their audiences about the changes.  
  • The Health Educator's Nutrition Toolkit
    Resources to help health educators teach their audiences about the Nutrition Facts label and how to make healthier food choices.


  • The Health Educators Nutrition Toolkit is intended to be a nutrition education resource for health educators, dietitians, physicians, other health care and nutrition professionals, community leaders, social workers, youth counselors, and program directors serving a broad range of communities. The toolkit includes practical nutrition education tools and health promotion messages to provide audiences with the knowledge they need to make healthier food choices when shopping for food, eating at home, or eating out.

  • Food Loss and Waste
    Web page on food loss and waste with education resources like tips and fact sheets, infographics, and videos.


  • About one-third of all available food in the United States goes uneaten through loss or waste, resulting in about 133 billion pounds of uneaten food each year. Wasted food also results in wasted water, energy, and labor.

    Consumers can visit FDA’s food loss and waste web page to learn about:

    • How food waste and food safety are connected
    • Date labeling – how food product date labels are regulated and what to do if the date on a food product has passed.
    • Tips to reduce food waste at the grocery store or when eating out; in the kitchen while storing and preparing food; and at home while cooking, serving, and enjoying food with family and friends
    • What to do with imperfect produce
    • FDA’s commitment to reducing food waste through the Winning on Reducing Food Waste Initiative
  • Education Resource Library
    Free Publication Downloads and Orders.


  • Consumers, educators, dietitians, and health professionals can visit FDA CFSAN’s Education Resource Library, to access a catalog of printable educational materials and videos on topics related to nutrition (including labeling and dietary supplements), food safety, and cosmetics.

    Materials are available in PDF format for immediate download. Some print materials are also available and can be ordered individually or in limited quantities.

  • Food Safety In Your Kitchen
    Food safety resources for home cooks, professional chefs, and recipe writers.


  • When preparing meals and snacks, it is important for consumers to follow simple food safety tips to help prevent foodborne illness. To help home cooks, professional chefs, and recipe writers incorporate food safety in their cooking and meal preparation, FDA developed a suite of “Food Safety in Your Kitchen” materials. These materials make it easy to incorporate steps to help keep food safe all the way from the grocery store to the kitchen table.

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