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US plans to make food importers meet domestic standards

US plans to make food importers meet domestic standards | Nutrition & Health | Scoop.it

26 July 2013, Bloomberg News, Stephanie Armour -- "Food imported into the United States will have to meet the same safety standards as domestic products under a government proposal that would put more responsibility for policing safety on companies and their suppliers.

 

Importers will have to verify that foreign suppliers have controls to prevent contamination, and the U.S. will establish a system to recognize organizations that accredit industry-run inspectors, according to two regulations proposed Friday.

 

The rules stem from the $1.4 billion Food Modernization Safety Act, passed in 2011 after hundreds of people were poisoned.

 

About 15 percent of the U.S. food supply originates outside the nation’s borders, including 50 percent of fresh fruits and 20 percent of fresh vegetables. The new rules focus on supply-chain management, providing extra consumer protection as the Food and Drug Administration said it’s only capable of inspecting less than 2 percent of imports.

 

“We all share the goal and are committed to being sure imported food is as safe as domestic food, and it’s a challenge,” Michael Taylor, the FDA’s deputy commissioner for food, said in an interview. “We’re in the midst of a process to make sure there are the right prevention standards that protect consumers and protect the food system.”

 

The new regulations for importers to meet the safety standards will cost the industry as much as $500 million a year, Taylor later said on a conference call.

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Chobani Coming to K-12 Schools through USDA Pilot

Chobani Coming to K-12 Schools through USDA Pilot | Nutrition & Health | Scoop.it

1 August 2013, PRNewswire, Chobani -- "Chobani, maker of America's No. 1 selling Greek Yogurt brand, was selected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in a competitive bid process to exclusively provide Greek Yogurt for K-12 school meal programs. The four-state pilot program—happening now in New York, Idaho, Arizona and Tennessee—will make the popular Greek Yogurt, which has two times more protein than regular unstrained yogurt, more affordable for school leaders to put on their menus. To learn more about the pilot and Chobani's involvement, visit www.gogreekinschool.com.

 

"We strongly believe that everyone, especially kids, should have access to simple, delicious, nourishing foods so we are thrilled to bring our authentic strained Greek Yogurt to K-12 schools as part of the USDA's pilot program," said Chobani Chief Communications Officer Nicki Briggs, MS, RD. "Families are choosing Greek Yogurt at home due to its many benefits; now more kids will find Chobani in their school cafeterias too. Offering food options that deliver on taste and nutrition, like Greek Yogurt, will encourage children to develop healthy, balanced eating habits."

 

The pilot program, which is designed to evaluate the success of adding Greek Yogurt to school meal programs as a healthy protein choice for students, will be activated in the four participating states this fall. The USDA will evaluate the program and determine next steps by December 2013.

Chobani's authentic strained Greek Yogurt is delicious and nutritious, providing two times more protein than regular, unstrained yogurt. It also does not use milk protein concentrates and animal-based thickeners, ingredients some manufacturers add as thickeners to make "Greek-style" yogurts. ..."

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US children’s supplement use is ‘moderate and appropriate’, says new survey

US children’s supplement use is ‘moderate and appropriate’, says new survey | Nutrition & Health | Scoop.it

26 July 2013, Stephen Daniells, NutraIngredients USA -- "The use of dietary supplements by an estimate 2.9 million US children is ‘moderate and appropriate’, according to a new survey."

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Cited study is "Complementary Therapies in Medicine" - http://www.journals.elsevier.com/complementary-therapies-in-medicine/

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Chobani awarded USDA school lunch Greek yogurt contract

Chobani awarded USDA school lunch Greek yogurt contract | Nutrition & Health | Scoop.it

30 July 2013, Dairy Reporter, Mark Astley -- "Chobani has been selected as the product of choice for the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Greek yogurt pilot program, after successfully undercutting bids from a number of rival Greek yogurt manufacturers."

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US Obesity Rates Soar - Americans Consuming Less Sugar but More HFCS

1 August 2013, PRNewswire, CitizensforHealth.org -- "Americans Consuming Less Sugar as Obesity Rate Soars. Increased High Fructose Corn Syrup Consumption Mirrors Obesity Epidemic.  

 

Statistics released by the United States Department of Agriculture show that per capita consumption of natural sugar has dropped significantly in the last 40 years, from almost 100 pounds per person in 1968, to less than 67 pounds per person in 2011, while the nation's obesity rate has risen dramatically in the same time period.

 

"Real sugar has been in our food supply for over a hundred years, suggesting that something other than sugar consumption is behind this recent jump in obesity," said Jim Turner, chair of the consumer advocacy group Citizens for Health.

 

Adult obesity rates have more than doubled since the 1970's, making the obesity epidemic one of the country's most serious health problems.  The Center for Disease Control and Prevention  reports that today, one out of three adults is obese. In children the statistics are even more alarming.  In the last 30 years, adolescent obesity rates have more than tripled.

 

"So the question is, what's making Americans so fat?," asked Turner.  "We strongly suspect that High Fructose Corn Syrup is responsible for our obesity epidemic."

 

In 1970, per capita consumption of High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) was less than one pound per year. By 1980 it had reached 19 pounds per person per year, and by 1999 the average American consumed close to 64 pounds of the industrial sweetener.  A cheap substitute for real sugar (real sugar is made from sugar cane or sugar beets), High Fructose Corn Syrup is chemically derived from an intensive enzyme process.  It can be found in thousands of supermarket products and in almost every major soda and sports drink brand.  The Corn Refiners Association reported that 19 billion pounds of the man-made sweetener was shipped in 2011.

 

"If you consume sugar, do so in moderation.  Avoid HFCS completely," Turner added.

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