PMA NAMES PARTICIPANTS IN TRACEABILITY INITIATIVE
NEWARK, Del. — The Produce Marketing Association has confirmed more than 30 participants that will serve on the steering committee of its new Produce Traceability Initiative (See SN, Nov. 26, 2007, Page 1). They include food-service buyers Amerifresh, Applebee's International, Markon Cooperative, McDonald's, Pro*Act, Sysco Corp., U.S. Foodservice; retail buyers Food Lion, H.E. Butt Grocery Co., W. Newell & Co. (Supervalu), The Kroger Co., Loblaw Cos., Safeway Stores, Schnuck Markets, Wal-Mart Stores, Wegmans Food Markets; and produce suppliers AEPQ (Quebec Apple Packers), B.C. Tree Fruits, Ballantine Produce Co., C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Dole Food Co., Domex Superfresh Growers, Driscoll's, Duda Farm Fresh Foods, Fresh Express, Fresh Innovations, Frontera Produce, Naturipe Farms, The Oppenheimer Group, Pandol Brothers, Ready Pac Produce, River Ranch Fresh Foods and Tanimura & Antle. The first meeting of the steering committee will be held Jan. 9, 2008, in Atlanta.
STUDY: EATING FISH CUTS RISK OF CHILDHOOD DIABETES
MIAMI — Salmon of the Americas (SOTA), a non-profit trade group that promotes the dietary benefits of farmed salmon, is underscoring recent research that shows a diet rich in fish can significantly cut the risk of an at-risk child's developing Type 1 diabetes. The news offers retailers, as well as suppliers, marketing and point-of-sale opportunities. First reported in a September 2007 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, the research shows that feeding children who have a family history of Type 1 diabetes a diet rich in fish containing omega-3 fatty acids could cut their risk of developing the disease by as much as 55 percent. “This is the first study to show this type of association with childhood diet,” said Dr. Jill Norris, an epidemiologist at the University of Colorado and lead author of the report. “It provides exciting evidence that it may be feasible to have a nutritional intervention against the disease.”