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Uncle Sam in My New Mexican Kitchen: Federal Government Resources

Federal and New Mexico State Publications on Food and Nutrition


In this guide you will find links to e-resources from a variety of U.S. government agencies -- at both the federal and state levels -- that provide authoritative, up-to-date, ad-free information on food and nutrition. In addition to containing a wealth of information, these websites frequently include interactive content and visually-appealing handouts (see examples below) that can be downloaded. Content is often available in both English and Spanish with some material written in additional languages.

You can use these e-resources to:

  • Answer reference questions
  • Create information displays
  • Generate educational programs

...and the information is personally enriching and sometimes also mouth-watering!


Examples of available handouts



U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

"Your gateway to Federal food safety information" -- from their website.

Valuable information on:

  • Federal recalls and foodborne illnesses
  • Safe cooking temperatures for food
  • Food storage


U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

FDA, Food:

Topics include:

  • Guide to food labels
  • Dietary supplements
  • Current events pertaining to food


FDA YouTube Channel:


FDA, For Consumers:

  • Consumer information by audience
  • Order free copies of FDA print publications


U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA): Food and Nutrition Service

"The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) and Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP) are agencies of USDA's Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services. FNS works to end hunger and obesity through the administration of 15 federal nutrition assistance programs including WIC, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and school meals" -- from their website.


YouTube videos:

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA): My Plate & Online Tools

My Plate:

  • Serving size information
  • Recipes
  • Menu planning
  • Shopping tips
  • Food storage tips
  • Shelf life information


Online tools


U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Agricultural Library

Food and Human Nutrition:

  • Dietary guidelines
  • Food composition
  • Food safety
  • Meal planning
  • Nutrition education and research

Food and Nutrition Information Center:

  • "...a leader in food and human nutrition information dissemination since 1971 -- provides credible, accurate, and practical resources for nutrition and health professionals, educators, government personnel and consumers" -- from their website.

  • "...provides easy access to vetted food and nutrition information from across the federal government. It serves as a gateway to reliable information on nutrition, healthy eating, physical activity, and food safety for consumers" -- from their website.

Food Safety Research Information Office (FSRIO):

  • "...supports the research community by collecting, organizing & disseminating food safety information..." -- from their website.
  • includes the Food Safety Research Projects Database for information on research projects from governmental and non-governmental organizations within the U.S. as well as internationally

Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP)

ODPHP sets "national health goals and objectives and supporting programs, services, and education activities that improve the health of all Americans" -- from their website.


Dietary guidelines:

"...the Nation's go-to source for nutrition advice. Published every 5 years for public health professionals, each edition of the Dietary Guidelines reflects the current body of nutrition science. These recommendations help Americans make healthy food and beverage choices and serve as the foundation for vital nutrition policies and programs across the United States" -- from their website.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

CDC, nutrition:

"CDC nutrition efforts support public health strategies and programs that improve dietary quality, support healthy child development, and reduce chronic disease" -- from their website.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

MedlinePlus, Home --> Health topics --> Food and nutrition:

Indian Health Service

"The Federal health program for American Indians and Alaska Natives... health topics with special emphasis on American Indians and Alaska Natives" -- from their website.

Eating healthy:


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U.S. Federal Documents Collection

What is your favorite federal agency for food and nutrition sources?
FDA: 0 votes (0%)
USDA: 4 votes (100%)
CDC: 0 votes (0%)
ODPHP: 0 votes (0%)
Dept. of Health & Human Services: 0 votes (0%)
Total Votes: 4

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