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2013-09-10 23:30:59

In response to an article published on Sentinel & Enterprise, Colle Farmers Market, an organic food advocate, discusses the federal regulations associated with organic certification and what it means for farms. Bohemia, NY (PRWEB) September 10, 2013 Colle Farmers Market, an online farmers market responds to an article published by Sentinel & Enterprise, which details the costly regulations for organic certification and its affect on farms. According to a September 1st article...

2013-09-10 12:30:40

Closing inspection loophole for Internet dog breeders an important step NEW YORK, Sept. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The ASPCA(®) (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals(®)) applauds the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for issuing a final rule establishing greater federal oversight of puppy mills and online dog sales. The new rule closes a regulatory loophole in the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA) and, for the first time in history, requires...

2013-08-01 08:37:11

NEW BERLIN, N.Y., Aug. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- 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...

2013-07-02 23:04:08

Keep the lemonade flowing this Fourth of July – Save Our Citrus raises awareness of citrus greening Sacramento, CA (PRWEB) July 02, 2013 The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) encourages Californians to make this Fourth of July a celebration of citrus—while also raising awareness of the serious threat citrus greening disease, also known as Huanglongbing (HLB) poses to citrus. From the lemons we use to make lemonade to the limes we make key lime pie with, citrus is at the center of...

2013-06-28 16:22:49

NEW YORK, June 28, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®), Animal Welfare Institute (AWI), and Animal Protection of New Mexico are dismayed over the U.S. Department of Agriculture's recent decision to approve an application for a horse slaughter facility at Valley Meat Company LLC in Roswell, N.M. on the grounds that killing horses for human consumption is inhumane and creates a serious health risk to consumers....

2013-06-27 20:22:09

CHICAGO, June 27, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics applauds new changes by the U.S. Department of Agriculture that aim to lower obesity rates, improve educational achievements and reduce health-care costs. In calling for healthier standards for all foods sold in schools, the USDA has set healthier requirements for foods sold a la carte, in school stores, snack bars and vending machines starting in Fall 2014. Under the USDA's "Smart Snacks...

2013-06-27 16:25:21

WASHINGTON, June 27, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In response to an announcement today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) of the agency's interim final rule on competitive foods and beverages sold in schools, the American Beverage Association (ABA) issued the following statement: Statement: "We commend the USDA for its thorough work in developing the first-ever national standards for all foods and beverages in schools which largely follow the guidelines implemented...

2013-06-27 12:27:15

WASHINGTON, June 27, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Jessica Donze Black, director of the Kids' Safe and Healthful Foods Project, issued the following statement regarding the interim final rule by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, or USDA, setting nutrition standards for snack foods and beverages sold in U.S. schools. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130627/DC39592-INFO) "The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Smart Snacks in School rule is an important step for...

2013-06-19 08:29:19

School nutrition and physical activity seen boosting academic performance OAKLAND, Calif., June 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Americans view obesity as a serious problem among both the overall public and among children and teens, and most people believe that local K-12 schools need to take a leading role in combating the epidemic, according to a recent survey conducted by Field Research Corp. Nationwide, 78 percent of parents think that healthier food in schools will increase academic...

2013-06-04 20:20:42

Major Manufacturers, including General Mills, Answer Public Health Needs, Demand for Better-for-You Products MINNEAPOLIS, June 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- New research from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) published in the second issue of Procedia Food Science shows the nutrition profile of ready-to-eat cereals has markedly improved, according to data collected between 2005-2011.(1) The study found that whole grain is now a key ingredient in...