This version of DSLD is mobile-friendly, meaning that it can be used on a variety of devices, from desktop computers to smart-phones. The site has also been redesigned to improve upon the search and download features. For example, a quick search feature is now available on the home-page so users can more easily search the contents of the entire site. New technology is now being used for searches in labels, ingredients, and manufacturers to recognize and adjust for differences in user spelling and punctuation. In addition, downloadable content is now consistently presented in sortable, filterable tables with easy to recognize export buttons located above each table.
If something is not working on DSLD, use the Report Error link which can also be found at the top right of all pages to email us the problem.
There are currently five ways users can search for a label(s) in the DSLD:
To download data, use the button located at the top of each result table that reads "Export to Excel". Clicking this button will trigger an excel download of the current queried results in the table. Note that if a query returns zero results, the resultant excel download will contain zero records.
Downloads of full ingredient and product data sets can be found in the following two locations under the "Help Menu" tab in the navigation bar:
This feature is currently not available in the DSLD.
Labels in the DSLD are sourced primarily through a program where manufacturers submit labels on a periodic basis to the group that curates the database. The DSLD also sources labels used in national surveys, such the National Health and Nutrition and Examination Survey, and labels Federal partners would like to see incorporated in the database.
The DSLD contains database records label text and label images for all dietary supplements sold in the U.S. Food or other nutrition products that are not labeled as dietary supplements are not included. However, there are some exceptions. Supplements sold by prescription only are included in the DSLD, especially if these products were consumed by NHANES participants.
Under contract with the NIH, the Therapeutic Research Center (TRC) uses a variety of methods to obtain dietary supplement product labels; including working directly with manufacturers, distributors, packagers, and resellers. TRC will engage manufacturers directly in its Manufacturers Connect program for obtaining and subsequently maintaining dietary supplement product labels.
Manufacturers are encouraged to submit inquiries for dietary supplement product inclusion to the Therapeutic Research Center.
Consumers can submit inquiries for dietary supplement product inclusion to ODSComments@mail.nih.gov.
The Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA) defined a dietary supplement and permitted the addition of dietary ingredients if they meet the Act’s requirements (1) A dietary ingredient is a vitamin; a mineral; an herb or other botanical; an amino acid; a dietary substance for use by man to supplement the diet by increasing total dietary intake; or a concentrate, metabolite, constituent, extract, or combination of any of the above dietary ingredients. In contrast, a dietary supplement contains one or more dietary ingredients and is limited to products that are intended for ingestion in tablet, capsule, powder, softgel, gelcap, and liquid form, that are not represented as a conventional food or as the sole item of a meal or of the diet, and are labeled as dietary supplements.
A full data set of DSLD is now downloadable via the following links:
Release version 6.1 and later of the DSLD contains an implementation of a web application programming interface (API). The API offers 2 functions: an interface to the 'Quick Search' and the capability to get an individual label's information.
Output Contains: results from five searches for the term 'mega' which includes the labels (DSLD ID and name) associated for each of the quick searches performed. It is structured similarly to the quick search page where the first four sections search either the product, brand, ingredient, or contact names. The last section searches anywhere on the label, listing the text found along with the area in which the information was found in.
The JSON output formats are not final at this time but are oriented to the output of the web application. At present, please inspect the returned JSON with a tool of your choice.
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