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USDA to purchase broilers for food assistance

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA)has announced its intent to purchase broilers and broiler products for USDA's federal food assistance programmes.

USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) purchases a variety of high-quality food products each year for distribution by USDA's Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) for the national school lunch programme, the school breakfast programme, the summer food service programme, the food distribution programme on Indian reservations, the nutrition programme for the elderly, the commodity supplemental food programme and the emergency food assistance programme. The USDA also makes emergency purchases of commodities for distribution to victims of natural disasters.

Based upon USDA's intent to buy these broilers and broiler products, FNS will survey potential recipients to determine how much product will be accepted for shipping. AMS will seek the lowest overall cost by publicly inviting bids to supply the desired quantity and by awarding contracts to responsible bidders.

Government food experts work to ensure that all purchased food is healthful and nutritious. Food items are normally required to be low in fat, sugar and sodium. The commodities must meet specified grade requirements and be USDA-inspected or graded to ensure quality. AMS purchases only products of 100 percent domestic origin.

Source: USDA news release

Natalie Berkhout

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