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USDA adding ‘Greek’ pilot

USDA adding ‘Greek’ pilot
Following a petition from Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), USDA will begin a pilot program to test the demand and cost-effectiveness of including strained or “Greek” yogurt in school meal programs. USDA Undersecretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Kevin Concannon said the pilot would categorize Greek yogurt as an additional protein option – allowing it as a meat alternative in school meals.
USDA will first seek information from potential yogurt vendors and producers on their ability to supply yogurt, including types and quantities available, and information on pricing. USDA will gauge interest from New York and other state school boards to use USDA entitlement dollars toward acquiring this product. If there is interest, USDA will solicit for competitive bids. USDA expects to complete this process so that deliveries of yogurt could begin as early as April 2013.
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