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USDA COMMODITY PROGRAMS UPDATE Cathie McCullough, Director Food Distribution Division, USDA Legislative Action Conference, March 5, 2007 SY 08 Foods Available - Meat SY 08 Foods Available - Poultry SY 08 Foods Available – Fresh SY 08 Foods Available - Fruit

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USDA COMMODITY PROGRAMS UPDATE

Cathie McCullough, Director

Food Distribution Division, USDA

Legislative Action Conference, March 5, 2007










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IMPROVING COMMODITIES

  • Enhance the foods available list to support the nutritional needs of recipients

  • Improve customer appeal of commodities

  • Provide product in more convenient form


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IMPROVING COMMODITIES

To help meet recommendations from the

2005 DGAs:

  • Offering more whole wheat/grain items for

    SY 2008:

    • Whole wheat macaroni and spaghetti

    • Brown rice, Quick-cooking brown rice

  • Trans Fats

    • Reviewing commodities for trans fats levels

    • Requiring USDA commodity labels to address trans fats

    • Working to eliminate trans fats from frozen potato products


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IMPROVING COMMODITIES

  • Lowering sugar

    • USDA offers canned fruits packed in only juice and water, juice, or light syrup (exception is apple slices packed in water only)

    • No canned fruits are offered in heavy syrup

    • Changed spec to require unsweetened applesauce for schools and institutions

  • Lowering sodium content

    • All canned vegetables meet FDA’s

      “Healthy” standard for sodium

      (≤ 480 mg per serving)


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IMPROVING COMMODITIES

OTHER IMPROVEMENTS:

  • Long-Term Contracts for Turkey

    • Test buys for whole turkey, roast, hams, deli breast, and deli breast smoked

    • Regular bi-weekly purchases for turkey items will continue

  • Reducing the fat in processed poultry products

    • Will allow processors to substitute meat, either dark or white, for fat and skin during processing at a 1 to 10 ratio

    • More flexibility to lower fat content in end products


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COMMODITY FACT SHEETS& GUIDANCE

  • Updating school commodity fact sheets

    • Surveyed States/schools for feedback

    • Fact Sheets to be completed Spring 2007

  • Developed label guidance

    • 2 Fact Sheets on trans fats and allergens


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CFN Home Page

www.commodityfoods.usda.gov


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CFN Website Migration

  • In the very near future, the look, feel, and organization of the CFN website will change.

  • The new site will contain all the information housed on the current site and more!

  • Please remember to reset your internet bookmarks since a few of the current URLs or addresses within the site may change when the new site is launched.

  • The new site is expected to be launched by May 1, 2007 or sooner. We’ll let you know.

www.commodityfoods.usda.gov


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Sneak Preview

www.commodityfoods.usda.gov/


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FY 2008 Farm Bill Proposals

  • Provide an additional $500 million over 10 years in F&V purchases for schools

  • Increase the overall Sec 32 F&V purchase minimum going to all domestic commodity programs by $2.75 billion over 10 years


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REWRITE OF 7 CFR Part 250

  • Drafting 2 final rules based on comments received during summer

    2006. They address:

    • Food service management companies

    • Commodity processing

  • Also drafting a proposed rule addressing delivery, distribution, inventory and other issues—we welcome your comments when published!


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    TRAINING AND INFORMATION SHARING

    • Training in 2006:

    • State SNA meetings

    • Regional and State meetings

    • Industry/processor meetings

    • 2006 LAC and ANC

      Training in 2007:

    • LAC Pre-Conference Session

    • ACDA, March 2007 (Orlando, FL)

    • FD-101 for States, May 2007 (Alexandria, VA)

    • Commodity Track, July 2007 ANC (Chicago)

      We have a new training coordinator!



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    DoD Fresh F&V Program

    • DoD Fresh Program is an OPTION that States may OFFER to schools (not required to offer)

    • Since 2002: Farm Bill requires $50 million of entitlement to be spent annually through 2007

    • The Program is intended to provide SOME/MORE fresh produce for schools

    • Section 4&11 funds MAY BE USED to buy more DoD produce in addition to the above entitlement purchases


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    DoD Today

    • 47 States, DC, VI, PR, & Guam will participate in

      SY 07-08

    • PA, KS, & DE are not setting aside commodity entitlement dollars for this option

    • About 20 States have chosen to utilize Section

      4 & 11 funds in addition to or in lieu of entitlement dollars

    • SY 06-07 deliveries were delayed until Sept 06 as FNS switched to fiscal year allocation system (this system will continue)


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    DoD Changes

    • New Procurement System - using Long-Term Contracts

    • Schools will have 24/7 access to “FFAVORS” (web-based ordering system)

    • Some DoD staff will remain in field to handle customer support & complaint issues

    • FFAVORS is expected to improve monitoring of orders at all levels



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    ECOS Enhancements

    • Enhancements for Co-ops

      • Co-ops can roll-up member orders into full truckloads, or combine them with other ECOS users

      • Co-ops can access information on commodities available, entitlement, requisitions, delivery orders, etc.

      • Co-ops can manage orders for their members like the State does for recipient agencies


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    Questions?

    Cathie McCullough

    [email protected]

    Ph: 703-305-2680


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