ESHA Code vs Government Code

Q.  What is the difference between the Gov. Code and the ESHA Code?


A.  In the ESHA database, the Gov. Code refers to the identification number assigned to a national database item, like NDBs assigned by the USDA to USDA SR foods or food codes assigned by Health Canada to Canadian Nutrient File foods.

The ESHA Code is the ESHA identification number unique to each food in the ESHA database.

Government database foods included in the ESHA database are assigned both Gov. Codes and ESHA Codes.  Branded items from suppliers may only have ESHA Codes and no Gov. Codes.

Foods without ESHA Codes indicate new ingredients and foods that you have entered in your software.

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