FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition has a wealth of information designed to educate you, your staff, and your patients on important heath topics. Use the materials and information below to learn more about nutrition, food safety, and how to report a problem with food or a dietary supplement.
Medical Education Resources
In collaboration with the American Medical Association (AMA), FDA is developing medical education resources on important health topics.
Talking to Patients About Using the Nutrition Facts Label to Make Healthy Food Choices
View the video to learn practical tips on how to counsel patients about using the Nutrition Facts Label to make informed food choices that support a healthy diet. Interested physicians can also earn one AMA Physician’s Recognition Award PRA Category 1 CME creditTM on AMA’s Education Center website.
NOTE: On May 20, 2016, the FDA announced the new Nutrition Facts label for packaged foods to reflect current scientific information, including the link between diet and chronic diseases. Manufacturers will need to use the new label by July 26, 2018, and small businesses will have an additional year to comply. During this transition time, consumers will see the current or the new label on products. This CME program is based on the current food label. The CME activity materials also include fact sheets that compare the current and new label and describe the key changes. For more information, see Changes to the Nutrition Facts Label.
Companion patient education materials:
- Understanding and Using the Nutrition Facts Label (PDF: 194KB)
- Key Nutrients and Your Health (PDF: 1,247KB)
- Food Facts: New and Improved Nutrition Facts Label
- New and Improved Nutrition Facts Label - Key Changes (PDF: 225KB)
Report a Problem with a Food or Dietary Supplement
Healthcare professionals play an important public health role by reporting to FDA a problem, injury, or illness related to a food or dietary supplement. You can report a problem in these ways:
- Contact the Consumer Complaint Coordinator in your area
- For Food: File a voluntary report or call 1-800-FDA-1088
- For Dietary Supplements: File a safety report
Nutrition Facts Label
- Calorie Labeling on Restaurant Menus and Vending Machines
- Dietary Supplements
- Guidance for Older Adults on Using the Nutrition Facts Label
- Gluten and Food Labeling
- Read the Label Youth Outreach Campaign
- Sodium in Your Diet
- Trans Fat
- Safe Food Handling
- Foodborne Illness-Causing Organisms in the U.S.
- Food Safety Guidance for At-Risk Populations
- Food Allergies