Support Materials for Software Companies Developing Nutrient Analysis Software for USDA Approval


These materials were compiled to assist companies who are developing or revising nutrient analysis software for USDA to approve for use in the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program. For support materials for approved certification of compliance/menu planning software, please go to the Certification of Compliance Software Support page found here. (Additional materials are available to software developers upon request, including the specifications document and test data.)

  1. Annual Update Letter to Software Developers (PDF | 127 KB)
    This letter is sent out annually after each release of the CND Database and includes important information about changes to the software evaluation and approval process.
  2. List of Approved Nutrient Analysis Software
    This list includes the nutrient analysis software currently approved by USDA for use in the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program. The list of approved software is updated annually and when new software is approved.
  3. Checklist for Nutrient Analysis Software Approved by USDA - CN 21 Version (PDF | 253 KB)- Updated August 2017 [Updated 9/11/17  to replace one item under "removed" near the top of page 3.]
    Software developers who submit new software for evaluation and approval must complete and submit this form with the software. Developers of currently approved software may use this checklist to test their approved software to ensure that the software continues to meet the basic requirements and specifications.
  4. Child Nutrition Database - Here you will find the Child Nutrition Database and its documentation. This database must be included in all nutrient analysis software approved by USDA for use in the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program.

For more information, contact:

Software Evaluation Coordinator
Nutrition and Technical Assistance Branch
Child Nutrition Programs
Food and Nutrition Service, USDA
3101 Park Center Drive
Alexandria, VA 22302

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