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Meat Industry Submits Comments on Child and Adult Care Food Program

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

(North American Meat Institute)

The Meat Institute submitted comments in response to proposed meal pattern revisions related to the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. NAMI acknowledged the important role federal feeding programs play in providing nutrition to various populations of Americans and stressed the need to revise menu patterns carefully to prevent unintended consequences that could adversely affect health outcomes. The Meat Institute specifically noted that protein is an essential nutrient that is critical for development; that child nutrition programs should be food-group based; that processed foods, including processed meats, can be healthy food choices in a meal pattern; that best practices may result in unintended consequences; and that guidance is necessary to help providers choose certain products. The comments underscored the important dietary role of meat and poultry products, which provide essential amino acids, vitamins and minerals, such as iron and zinc. The Institute also noted its support of the proposed rule's flexibility, which would allow meat to be served in lieu of up to one-half of the grain requirement at breakfast. However, NAMI expressed concern with the recommendation to limit processed meats consumption, which could detrimentally impact at-risk populations, and highlighted the affordability, safety and nutritional value of processed meat products.

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