The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) 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.
Nutrition Facts Label Continuing Medical Education Program
FDA has updated the Nutrition Facts label based on current scientific information, new nutrition research, and input from the public. This is the first major update to the label in over 20 years. View the following videos to learn practical tips and tools to teach patients about the Nutrition Facts Label.
FDA, in collaboration with the American Medical Association (AMA), has developed an education program to help physicians and other healthcare professionals understand the Nutrition Facts label and counsel adult patients about using the label to make informed food choices that support healthy dietary practices and can help reduce the risk of developing some health conditions. The program includes four videos and patient handouts. Interested physicians will also be able to earn AMA Physician’s Recognition Award PRA Category 1 CME creditTM on AMA’s Education Center website.
FDA, in collaboration with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), has developed an education program to help pediatricians and other pediatric healthcare professionals understand the Nutrition Facts label and counsel parents and caregivers about using the label to make informed food choices that support the growth, development, and lifelong healthy dietary practices of their children. The program includes four videos and patient handouts. Interested physicians can also earn AMA Physician’s Recognition Award PRA Category 1 CME creditTM on PediaLink the AAP Online Learning Center.
The food supply in the United States is among the safest in the world. However, when certain disease-causing bacteria or pathogens contaminate food, they can cause foodborne illness. Physicians and other healthcare professionals face a host of new challenges in responding to foodborne illness. Although everyone is susceptible, many individuals who are likely to be seeing physicians regularly are especially vulnerable to foodborne disease, including very young children, pregnant women, the elderly, and individuals whose immune systems are weakened by chronic conditions like diabetes, cancer and HIV/AIDS, or by immunosuppressive drugs for persons with organ transplants.
FDA, in collaboration with the American Medical Association (AMA) has developed an education program to help physicians and other healthcare professionals diagnose and treat foodborne illness and counsel patients, especially vulnerable patients, on safe food handling practices. The program includes two videos and patient handouts. Interested physicians can also earn AMA Physician’s Recognition Award PRA Category 1 CME creditTM on AMA’s Education Center website.
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
- The New Nutrition Facts Label: What's in it for You?
- Interactive Nutrition Facts Label
- Guidance for Older Adults on Using the Nutrition Facts Label
- Read the Label Youth Outreach Materials
- Nutrition Facts Label Programs and Materials
- Health Educator’s Nutrition Toolkit: Setting the Table for Healthy Eating
- Calories on the Menu - Information for Consumers
- Gluten and Food Labeling
- Sodium in Your Diet
- Dietary Supplements
Food Safety and Agricultural Biotechnology
- Safe Food Handling
- Foodborne Illness-Causing Organisms in the U.S.
- Food Safety Guidance for At-Risk Populations
- Food Allergies
- Feed Your Mind - Agricultural Biotechnology Initiative
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