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Release No. 0447.10
Jennifer Turpin (202) 720-7065

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USDA Announces Bonus Purchase of Chicken Dark Meat Items

WASHINGTON, Sept. 7, 2010 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA will purchase up to $30 million of chicken dark meat items for federal food nutrition assistance programs.

"The purchase announced today will assist food banks and other federal food nutrition assistance programs offer recipients a wide variety of healthy products" said Vilsack.

USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) purchases a variety of high-quality food products each year to support the National School Lunch Program, the School Breakfast Program, the Summer Food Service Program, the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations, the Commodity Supplemental Food Program and The Emergency Food Assistance Program. USDA also makes emergency food purchases for distribution to victims of natural disasters.

Government food experts work to ensure that all purchased food is healthful and nutritious. Food items are required to be low in fat, sugar and sodium. The commodities must meet specified grade requirements and be USDA-certified to ensure quality. AMS purchases only products of 100 percent domestic origin.

Depending on developing market conditions, the total amount purchased may be less than $30 million.

For more information or purchase details, interested suppliers should contact the Contracting Officer, USDA/AMS/Poultry Programs/Commodity Procurement Branch, STOP 0260, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20250; telephone (202) 720-7693; or visit the AMS website at .


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