USDA Food Group Icon will help consumers visualize healthy food choices.
Press Release Summary:
June 9, 2011 - U.S. Department of Agriculture has unveiled MyPlate, which replaces food pyramid and focuses on fruit, vegetable, grains, protein, and dairy food groups. Food group icon encourages consumers to make half their plate fruits and vegetables. In addition, ANSI member NSF International is developing BSR/NSF 3-A 14159-5 standard which details hygiene requirements for equipment used in produce processing, while ISO has developed standards on proper harvesting and storage of various fruits and vegetables.
Original Press Release
USDA Serves Up New Food Group Icon to Help Consumers Make Healthier Food Choices
Press release date: June 3, 2011
ISO 6664:1983, Bilberries and blueberries - Guide to cold storage
ISO 9930:1993, Green beans - Storage and refrigerated transport
ISO 8683:1988, Lettuce - Guide to precooling and refrigerated transport All of these standards were developed by ISO Technical Committee (TC) 34, Food products, and its Subcommittee (SC) 14, Fresh, dry and dried fruits and vegetables. The American Oil Chemists' Society (AOCS), an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, serves as the U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) administrator to ISO TC 34. The MyPlate campaign's companion website, www.ChooseMyPlate.gov, provides more detailed guidance on the USDA's nutritional advice, along with tips, recipes, and sample diets. The site will also eventually feature interactive tools that help people manage their weight and track their exercise. "This is a quick, simple reminder for all of us to be more mindful of the foods that we're eating and as a mom, I can already tell how much this is going to help parents across the country," said First Lady Michelle Obama of the MyPlate icon. "When mom or dad comes home from a long day of work, we're already asked to be a chef, a referee, a cleaning crew. So it's tough to be a nutritionist, too. But we do have time to take a look at our kids' plates. As long as they're half full of fruits and vegetables, and paired with lean proteins, whole grains and low-fat dairy, we're golden. That's how easy it is." For more information, watch the MyPlate video announcement or visit www.ChooseMyPlate.gov.