Canned Food Alliance Commends Congress on Passage of Farm Bill
2/4/2014 - The Canned Food Alliance (CFA)
commends Congress on passage of a five-year Farm Bill. The Bill introduces a
pilot program allowing
elementary schools, which are currently participating in the Fresh Fruit and
Vegetable Program, to offer “All Forms” of fruits and vegetables – canned,
fresh, frozen, or dried.
$5 million pilot program will be implemented during the 2014-2015 school year
in at least five states. USDA will
evaluate the impact of allowing schools to serve “All Forms” of fruits and vegetables
as snacks. The evaluation will help Congress determine whether to allow for
additional or full expansion of the “All Forms” approach.
behalf of the canned food industry, the CFA commends Congress on passing the
Farm Bill and attaching an ‘All Forms’
pilot program to the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program. This ensures children
have more ways to get the critical nutrients they need and meet USDA Dietary
Guidelines,” said Rich Tavoletti, executive director, the Canned Food Alliance.
schools to have the flexibility to offer ‘All Forms’ of fruits and vegetables –
including canned – in the snack program provides for additional nutritious
options and helps ensure the efficient use of school facilities and budgets,”
said Tavoletti. “We look forward to continuing our partnership with the
American Fruit and Vegetable Processors and Growers Coalition, working with the
USDA to implement this pilot program, and working to expand it in the future.”
Also included in the legislation is a permanent provision to allow fruit
and vegetable planting on acreage ineligible for a decoupled commodity program
payment. Acreage eligible for a commodity program payment will require an “acre
for acre” reduction. This allows adequate fruit and vegetable acreage.
2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) and MyPlate.gov website both
recommend Americans consume “All Forms” of fruits, vegetables, beans, lean
meats and seafood – whether they are canned, fresh, frozen or dried – to
achieve recommended dietary goals.
research, including a University of California at Davis study,
found “All Forms” of fruits and vegetables contribute important nutrients that
make up a healthy diet and that exclusively recommending one form over another
ignores the benefits each form provides.
foods are picked and packed at the peak of freshness. The heating process used
after the containers are filled and sealed ensures the food’s quality and makes
the addition of preservatives to prevent spoilage unnecessary. The canning
process also locks in nutrients shortly after the foods are harvested, making canned
fruits, vegetables, beans, lean meats and seafood nutritious choices for
foods also are an economic and convenient way for consumers and schools to
prepare and store nutritious foods year-round. In addition, canned foods
provide the important nutrients people need often at a lower total
cost-per-nutrient than fresh, frozen or dried forms.
more information about canned food research, resources, the canning process,
family mealtime solutions, recipes that use canned food and more, please visit www.Mealtime.org.
the Canned Food Alliance
The Canned Food Alliance, a National
Strategic Partner of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Center for Nutrition
Policy and Promotion, is a consortium of steelmakers, can manufacturers, food
processors and affiliate members. For more information about canned food
research, resources, the canning process, family mealtime solutions, recipes
that use canned food and more, please visit. www.Mealtime.org.
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