Abbott’s 16,000 Cows Are Bid For China’s Nutrition Market – Bloomberg

Are nutrition standards for school meals too tough? Congress considers tweaks. (+video) –

Good Move The move is a good one for Abbott Park , Illinois-based Abbott, said Larry Biegelsen , a Wells Fargo analyst in New York . This joint venture should provide Abbott with access to high quality milk for its infant formula business, which is important given the dynamic Chinese regulatory environment, he wrote in a note to clients yesterday. The Chinese government has signaled its intention to develop the local dairy industry . Its possible that the Chinese government could at some point require infant formula to be made with local milk. Both Fonterra and Abbott have had problems in China.
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The program is mostly funded by the federal government, department spokeswoman Erica Pippins said Friday. The department said systems that have all or nearly all of their schools approved for the program are Montgomery County, Barbour County, Clarke County, Lowndes County, Wilcox County, Selma, Tarrant, Midfield, Chickasaw, Albertville, Dallas County, Macon County, Linden, Bessemer and Anniston. In the Tuscaloosa City School System, students at a majority of the systems 24 schools will be served free breakfast in class starting next school year under the federally funded Universal Breakfast program.
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Several Alabama school systems to offer free lunch to all students |

Simply forcing them to have a fruit or vegetable on their tray led to modest increased consumption, but it significantly increased the amount of food waste. The study was based at 18 elementary schools in two school districts. Another study, conducted by Harvard researchers at four schools in one urban district, found increased consumption of vegetables and no significant increase in food waste. Costs and student tastes can be addressed without ditching the standards, maintains Ms.
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