The USDA’s Economic Research Service’s (ERS) Loss-Adjusted Food Availability (LAFA) Data Series is derived from ERS’s food availability data by adjusting for food spoilage, plate waste, and other losses to more closely approximate actual intake. The LAFA data are recommended primarily for daily estimates of the per capita number of calories and food pattern equivalent servings. ERS also uses the loss assumptions embedded in the Loss-Adjusted Data Series to estimate the amount and value of food loss at the retail and consumer levels in the United States.
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