The federal government maintains dozens of electronically accessible sources of food and nutrition information, including data banks and some fee-based systems.
“Selected Electronic Sources of Food and Nutrition Information,” a 70-page book listing these sources, is available from the National Agricultural Library, 10301 Baltimore Blvd., Room 304, Beltsville, Md. 20705-2351. Telephone: (301) 504-5719; Fax: (301) 504-6409; Internet: fnic(at)nalusda.gov
The Food and Drug Administration has a bulletin board for Gopher users and a Web site run by its Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN). The CFSAN Web site (vm.cfsan.fda.gov/ index.htm) has information on food safety, food labeling and nutrition.
A privately funded organization, the non-profit International Food Information Council, distributes science-based information on food and nutrition and maintains a Web site (ificinfo.health.org/ homepage.htm).