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New School Standards Helping To Cut Down On Junk Food
2013-06-27 15:05:18

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com -- Your Universe Online The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced new "Smart Snacks in School" standards that will make school-prepared lunches and vending machines include some healthier options. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said this new standard will ensure that junk food isn't the only option for students during the school day. "Nothing is more important than the health and well-being of our children," said Secretary Vilsack. "Parents and...

2012-03-26 10:24:13

REDLANDS, Calif., March 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of the US Department of Agriculture's (USDA) ongoing commitment to support local and regional food systems, it recently released the KYF2 Compass Map. The interactive, web-based map provides information about these food systems and is a component of the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass, announced by agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack and deputy secretary Kathleen Merrigan of the USDA. The map uses Esri's geographic information...

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2011-07-23 05:35:00

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is considering new regulations that would require meat and poultry producers to clearly state on their labels when their products contain added water, chicken broth, salt, or similar additives, the Associated Press (AP) is reporting. In an article published Thursday, AP's Mary Clare Jalonick cited USDA figures which stated that approximately 33-percent of poultry, 15-percent of beef, and 90-percent of pork could contain such substances. In all, she...

2011-07-20 13:41:00

REDLANDS, Calif., July 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Esri have partnered in the implementation of a fully cloud-based geospatial portal. USDA's prototype portal, Enterprise Spatial Mapping Service (ESMS), is built with Portal for ArcGIS, managed by Esri, and hosted on the Amazon cloud within USDA's secure environment. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110425/LA88950LOGO) "ESMS empowers nontraditional GIS users, such as program analysts,...

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2011-04-29 06:05:00

The Obama administration Thursday called for food companies to cut back on their aggressive advertising of junk foods to children, saying the marketing campaigns contribute to a serious health crisis in America's younger generation. The administration issued proposed voluntary principles which would replace current children's food advertising with advertising for foods that "make a meaningful contribution to a healthful diet" and minimize ingredients that could have a negative impact on...

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2010-12-30 06:11:25

Nutrition labels that are found on everything from soda to cereal, will now be required for meats beginning January 1, 2012, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced on Wednesday, saying the move will make it easier for consumers to understand the contents of the foods they buy. The USDA said the nutritional information will be required for major cuts of raw, single-ingredient meat and poultry products, including chicken breasts, beef whole cuts, hamburger and ground turkey. The...

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2010-12-03 09:35:00

On Thursday, the House of Representatives approved legislation that will expand the nation's school lunch program while making meals healthier, various media outlets are reporting. According to the AFP, "The bill pledges 4.5 billion dollars over 10 years to child nutrition programs, increases the reimbursement paid to schools by the federal government for free meals provided to children, and expands access to school lunches and after-school meals." "It also allows the US Department of...

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2010-05-26 06:20:00

US researchers claim to have identified a potential disease responsible for Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) in honeybees, which is responsible for wiping out many beekeepers' entire colonies over the past few years. Scientists from the US Department of Agriculture say the pathogens to blame are a fungus and a family of viruses. Results of the study were presented Tuesday at the 110th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology in San Diego, California. Jay Evans of the USDA...

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2010-05-12 06:08:22

The US Department of Agriculture released new standards on Monday with the aim of reducing the levels of salmonella and campylobacter in poultry, which if successful, the government said could prevent as many as 65,000 foodborne illnesses every year. The USDA said that stricter standards would make slaughterhouses more accountable by reducing the frequency of foodborne illnesses in juvenile chickens and turkeys. The standards would set an acceptable percentage of sampled...

2010-04-28 09:00:00

SUWANEE, Ga., April 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- ARRIS (Nasdaq: ARRS) today announced that it has received US Department of Agriculture (USDA) RUS Acceptance for its DOCSIS® 3.0 C4® CMTS and Touchstone® Customer Premises Equipment (CPE) suite of devices, as well as its Segmentable Hybrid Fiber Coax infrastructure platform. Cable operators who have been granted USDA Rural Utility Service (RUS) grants to wire un-served or under-served...