Nutrition Monitoring: Mismanagement of Nutrition Survey Has Resulted in Questionable Data : Report to the Honorable George E. Brown, Jr., House of Representatives

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U.S. General Accounting Office, 1991 - Nutrition - 62 pages

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Page 2 - Methodological problems, deviations from the survey's original design, and lax controls over the collection and processing of the results all raise doubts about the quality and usefulness of the data in the 1987-88 GAO/RCED41 117 USDA's Nationwide Food Coi Principal Findings Nationwide Food Consumption Survey.
Page 24 - Tentative Evaluation of the Health Aspects of Butylated Hydroxyanisole as a Food Ingredient," 1976, prepared for the FDA's Bureau of Foods by the Life Sciences Research Office of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology. See also the Federal Register. May 31. 1977. pp. 27603-27609. color.
Page 3 - US population, since only 34 percent of the households in the basic sample provided individual intake data...
Page 16 - USDA Methodological Research for LargeScale Dietary Intake Surveys, 1975-88, Home Economics Research Report No. 49, US Department of Agriculture, Human Nutrition Information Service, 1989.
Page 5 - US population; and (3) stating the steps to be taken and the quality controls to be followed so that future surveys will not repeat the mistakes of the past.
Page 8 - ... special studies of the economies of food consumption, household food management and food sufficiency, and the Dietary status of individuals by sex and age. The data are also needed for the development and costing of the USDA family food plans at different levels. The least costly of the food plans — the thrifty food plan — is the standard for benefit levels in the Food Stamp Program. 3. The first report of the USDA-DHHS Joint Nutrition Monitoring Evaluation Committee, delivered to Congress...
Page 4 - More importantly, the survey's design flaws need to be corrected before HNIS conducts another nationwide food consumption survey. 1987-88 Survey Contract Was Poorly Managed HNIS' and FNS' handling of the contract for the 1987-88 survey demonstrates how a federal contract should not be managed.
Page 26 - Nonetheless, the 1987-88 NFCS is the only survey available on household food consumption and individual diets over the last decade.
Page 12 - Most importantly, the survey may not be representative of the US population because it had a very poor response rate: About twothirds of the households in the basic sample did not respond.
Page 36 - Clearly there were problems using a new data collection method in as demanding and complex a survey research effort as the Nationwide Food Consumption Survey. However, National Analysts attempted to address problems as they arose and performed the requirements of its contract. Contrary to National Analysts' views, this report documents that the contractor did not perform all the contract's requirements.

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