CN Database Release Archive: CN16


Child Nutrition Database Release 16

(Final version posted April 12, 2012)

The Child Nutrition Database (CN-D) is required to be part of the nutrient analysis software approved by USDA for use in the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program, as well as, software approved for Nutrient Standard Menu Planning (NSMP) [note: Schools may use NSMP for breakfast through June 30, 2013].

Data is collected on the following 15 nutrients: calories, total fat, saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, sodium, carbohydrate, dietary fiber, protein, vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, iron, ash, and moisture.


USDA Child Nutrition (CN) Database Online Web Tool for Submitting Nutrient Data

Food Manufacturers: Click here to add nutrient data to the CN Database for foods sold in the school market. You now need a Level 1 USDA eAuthorization account to access the Online Web Tool for Submitting Nutrient Data. When you go to the link above, click Register to obtain your eAuth account. When you return to submit data, select Sign In.




Comments and Notes for CN16 Release

CN16 Release: A record with a date after 03/31/2011 in the "date_added" field is a new record in the CN16 release. A record with a date after 03/31/2011 in the "last_modified" field and different from the date in the "date_added" field contains a revised value in one or more of its fields with the CN16 release.

25 new USDA Foods (commodity foods) used in the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program were added to CN16.

192 existing USDA Foods (commodity foods) used in the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program were updated with revised commodity codes.

For CN 16, only three nutrients (Calories, Saturated Fat and Sodium) were required to be present. In previous cycles, 12 nutrients were required.

All foods in the Standard Reference 24 ADD_FOODS file have been added to CN16 provided that they met the nutrient requirements.



System Components and File Formats (documentation)
(MS Word) (plain text)



Child Nutrition Database in Access Format
Access Database
(right click and choose "Save Target As" or "Save Link As")
This file includes all the components listed below under the Comma Delimited Format



Child Nutrition Database in Plain Text Format

Please submit any issues or concerns regarding the Child Nutrition (CN) Database to:

Healthy Meals Resource System
Food and Nutrition Information Center
National Agricultural Library
10301 Baltimore Avenue, Room 105
Beltsville, MD 20705
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