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From Farm to Nutrition Facts Panel: Understanding the Process

Aired January 11, 2012

This webinar describes the sources of variability in food products and the efforts taken to mitigate this variability in the USDA nutrient reference data base; describes the processes and regulations required for nutrition facts panel development and claims; and makes suggestions of how to apply knowledge of nutrient variability and regulatory requirements in diet counseling and education about nutrition labeling.



Joanne M. Holden, M.S.
Research Leader
Nutrient Data Laboratory, Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center
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Constance Geiger, PhD, RD, CD
President, Geiger & Associates, LLC
Research Associate Professor, Division of Foods and Nutrition
University of Utah
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Joanne M. Holden, M.S.

Joanne Holden is the Research Leader of the Nutrient Data Laboratory at the Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center of the Agricultural Research Service, U.S. Dept of Agriculture. In this role she is responsible for coordinating the acquisition, evaluation, compilation, and dissemination of food composition data for the US. The primary product of USDA’s food composition research is the National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, which serves as the foundation for most food composition data applications. These data are disseminated on the internet ( and are available to everyone free of charge and without license requirements.


Ms. Holden’s personal research interests include food sampling and the evaluation of the quality of data for foods.


Constance Geiger, PhD, RD, CD

Dr. Geiger is President, Geiger & Associates, LLC, Fort Bridger Wyoming and a research associate professor, Division of Foods and Nutrition, the University of Utah. At Geiger & Associates, she develops effective communication strategies for conveying important health and nutrition messages to consumer, corporate, government, food industry and allied health entities. She brings a unique combination of nutrition science, marketing research, consumer communications and federal regulatory knowledge to bear on food and health claims label design and communication. She has assisted with 2 approved FDA health claim petitions.


Dr. Geiger is a member of the Ethics Committee. She is a former Director-at-Large on the Board of Directors of the American Dietetic Association and chaired ADA’s Food Labeling Task Force. Dr. Geiger also chaired the Commission on Dietetic Registration and served for 9 years as a member of the Board of Editors, The Journal of the American Dietetic Association. She is the past-chair for the Nutrition Division of the Institute of Food Technologists.


As a research professor, she has written numerous journal articles and contributed to textbooks regarding food labeling, functional foods and health claims. She won the prestigious Mary P. Huddleson Award for her consumer research on food labeling.


Dr. Geiger received her Doctor of Philosophy in Nutrition and Food Science from Utah State University, her Master of Science in Medical Dietetics from Ohio State University, and a Bachelor of Science in Foods and Nutrition and Food Service Management from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She completed her dietetic internship at the Medical College of Virginia Hospitals, Richmond, Virginia. Dr. Geiger is a certified dietitian in the State of Utah.











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