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Fulton County restaurant inspection scores.

Recalls, Withdrawals and Alerts, from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Georgia has been one of the 10 states taking part in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control's sentinel FoodNet (Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network), since it began in 1995.

Consumer information page from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. 

U.S. Department of Agriculture's USDA Food Composition Databases, searchable by food item, food group, or manufacturer's name to find detailed nutrient information for both whole and processed foods. This is the single point of access for the National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference and the Branded Food Products Database.

U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Information Center. Includes food facts and history, a tool to find foods containing high amount of a single nutrient, and other useful food and nutrition related calculators.

In 2011 Consumer Reports found that more than a fifth of tested seafood was mislabeled. See photographs (both whole fish and fillets) of more than 1500 species of finfish and shellfish in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Regulatory Fish Encyclopedia, and and learn all about seafood on FishWatch. Those who frequently eat fish caught locally, particularly women, should read the Guidelines For Eating Fish From Georgia Waters.

USDA's Food Health and Safety page.

FDA Consumer, for over three decades the source for easy-to-understand articles on topics such as food labeling, new surgical procedures, and treatments for disease, is now an online service called Consumer Updates.

Community Supported Agriculture, information from the U.S. National Agricultural Library with resources for growers and consumers. There are over 400 CSA farms in the U.S., mostly near urban centers, that provide locally-grown food to subscriber members. Learn about sustainable agriculture and find farms in your area. Learn about your community’s ability to access healthy food in the Food Environment Atlas.

Be a grower! See U.S. Department of Agriculture's New Farmers page with tips on best crops to grow and best ways to grow them, even when you only have a small space. See what's offered by the Fulton County Cooperative Extension Office. Also see USDA's page for socially disadvantaged, minority, and veteran farmers and ranchers.

Georgia Organics lists local farms, farmers markets, community gardens, etc., plus a calendar of Georgia's harvest.

Of every 3 Americans, 2 are overweight or obese. Among the many reliable sources of information for safe weight loss maintained by federal agencies are the USDA's Weight-control Information Network, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and USDA's Choose My Plate.

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