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May 13, 2009
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Healthful Shift Ahead for Food at U.S. Schools
from Des Moines Register
Students in Des Moines schools are getting a taste of the changes facing kids across the United States, if Congress cracks down as expected on what can be sold in school cafeterias and vending machines. French fries, nachos, lemonade, Oreos and Pop-Tarts are out. Also gone: ice cream bars and other products that do not meet the district's standards set in 2005 for fat, sugar and sodium. Most soft drinks have disappeared from vending machines. Serving sizes are smaller, too. More    E-mail article

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Government Affairs

Minn. Govenor Signs Bill Limiting Use of BPA in Some Products
from Water Technology Online
Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty on May 7 signed legislation banning the use of the plastic chemical bisphenol A (BPA) in the manufacturing of children’s sippy cups and bottles starting January 1, UPI reported May 8. More    E-mail article

Little Effect from Food Labeling
from The Portales News-Tribune
Almost two months into the use of country of origin labeling for a variety of raw foods, producers and stores are seeing small effects. More    E-mail article

   Product Showcase: Follett Ice and Water Dispensers

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Good to the Last Drop
from Boston Globe
Coffee drinkers, rejoice! The heavenly brew, once deemed harmful to health, is turning out to be, if not quite a health food, at least a low-risk drink, and in many ways a beneficial one. It could protect against diabetes, liver cancer, cirrhosis, and Parkinson's disease. More    E-mail article


Food Brands Compete to Stretch a Dollar
from The New York Times
Anyone who doubts that consumers are still worried about the Great Recession need only leaf through the May 18 issue of People magazine. Turn to Page 118, where an advertisement for Oscar Mayer Deli Fresh meats proclaims how they taste “deli fresh. But without the deli counter price.” Three pages after that, an ad for Lean Cuisine frozen foods declares, “We believe in food that’s good for you and good for your wallet.” More    E-mail article

Corporate Social Responsibility

Proposal Would Boost Biofuels, Set Emission-Reduction Targets
from Transport Topics Online
The Obama administration last week issued a renewable fuel standard proposal aimed at growing the supply of biofuels and for the first time requiring them to meet emission-reduction targets. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson said the new rule is designed to help promote and provide financial assistance to the biofuels industry and to increase the supply of renewable fuels to 36 billion gallons by 2022. More    E-mail article


Are Your Trucks Running On Alternative Fuel?

Has your company recently converted to biofuel or another form of alternative fuel for your trucking fleet? NAMA is interested in information on the sources and suppliers you have used in this process. Please click here to share your recommendations with NAMA.

CBS Vending Segment

The CBS Sunday Morning News Segment hosted by Bill Geist is now available on the NAMA Vending Channel! Access it now by clicking on the YouTube connection on the NAMA homepage.

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