NPC Statement on Final WIC Rule
We are disappointed that USDA has chosen to ignore the latest nutritional science and consumption data in its final WIC rule. When USDA revised the WIC program to include all fresh fruits and vegetables – except fresh white potatoes – it relied on an IOM report that looked at consumption data from the mid-1990s. However, much has changed over the past two decades, and the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) consumption data from its National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) demonstrate that today’s women and children are falling well short of their consumption targets for starchy vegetables.
In its final WIC rule, USDA failed to incorporate its own nutritional recommendations in the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans that calls for Americans to eat more starchy vegetables, including white potatoes. Including economical fresh white potatoes would supplement the diets of WIC participants with two of the four “nutrients of concern” – potassium and dietary fiber. The science clearly justifies including nutritionally rich fresh white potatoes in the WIC basket, and we will continue to urge USDA to reverse its course and restore science to the WIC program.
Hoverson Farms Wins NPC's 2013 Environmental Stewardship Award
Carl Hoverson of Hoverson Farms in Larimore, N.D., was named the recipient of the prestigious 2013 Environmental Stewardship Award presented at NPC's 2014 Annual Meeting, held January 10-11, 2014, in San Antonio, Texas. Hoverson Farms is a family farm and an example of large-scale, capital-intensive farming that is both economically and environmentally sustainable — enhancing the environment, protecting the resource base, and producing high-quality potatoes.
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POTATO FOOD SAFETY GUIDELINES RELEASED
The Commodity-Specific Food Safety Guidelines for the Production, Harvest, Storage, and Packing of Potatoes is available for industry members to help ensure the continued safety of U.S.-grown potatoes.
This document offers food safety guidance for all companies that produce, harvest, store, pack, and transport potatoes. It also serves as a basic guideline to harmonize all existing food safety programs in how they assess and address food safety hazards. The guidelines are broken down into four sections: I) General Practices, II) Production and Harvest Operations, III) Storage Unit Operations and IV) Packinghouse Unit Operations. Each section lists a set of best practices to address potential food safety issues associated with those specific operations.
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POTATO EXPO 2015
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January, 7-9, 2015
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