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            National Food Program Improves Access to Fruits and Vegetables
                  WIC Recognizes Canned Foods Play an Important Role in
                       Helping Moms and Kids Meet Nutrition Goals

PITTSBURGH – December 6, 2007 – Today’s historic decision by the U.S. Department of
Agriculture (USDA) to encourage moms and their children to eat more fruits and vegetables – in
all forms – demonstrates growing support for the benefits of canned foods and their contribution
to the American diet. The Canned Food Alliance (CFA) commends the USDA for recognizing
the importance that canned foods play in providing nutrition to American families through the
Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), which serves
millions of low-income mothers and children across the country.

The changes (reflected in federal regulations published today) ensure that a wide choice for
fruits and vegetables is included in food packages for women and children. Participants will
receive a monthly allotment for the purchase of fruits and vegetables in a variety of forms –
canned, fresh and frozen. This is the first time in 30 years that the food packages include an
emphasis on fruits and vegetables.

In addition to adding canned fruits and vegetables, the ruling now allows specific types of
canned beans and peas as a substitution for dry, mature beans and peas. Canned light tuna
will continue to be allowed and the new regulations include a variety of other canned fish as
approved alternatives.

“Today’s ruling is an important step in helping WIC moms and children meet key nutritional
requirements through the promotion of all forms of fruits and vegetables,” said Rich Tavoletti,
executive director of the Canned Food Alliance. “Not only will this important population be able
to eat more fruits and vegetables, but they will also be able to select the forms they prefer and
that work best for their families. We applaud the USDA for recognizing that canned foods play
an important role in helping women and children get the nutrition they need. Canned food
makes healthful eating easy and accessible for everyone, everywhere, every day.”

The CFA will continue to work with states to ensure that they provide moms and kids with
flexibility and options to select canned foods as part of these new food packages, by reminding
the public that canned foods play a significant role in helping women, children and all family
members meet MyPyramid’s recommendations, as advised by the USDA.

About the WIC Program
WIC provides nutritious foods, nutrition education and referrals to health and other social
services to participants at no charge. WIC serves about eight million people each month
including low-income pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women, and infants and children
up to age 5 who are at nutrition risk. The majority of participants are children and infants. WIC
is administered through federal grants to states; 2007 grants totaled over $5.5 billion.

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About the Canned Food Alliance
The Canned Food Alliance is a partnership of the American Iron and Steel Institute’s Steel
Packaging Council, the Can Manufacturers Institute, select food processors and affiliate
members. The primary mission of the CFA is to serve as a resource for information on the
nutrition, convenience, contemporary appeal and versatility of canned food. The CFA is a proud
supporter of the Produce for Better Health Foundation and the Fruits and Veggies – More
Matters™ program. For hundreds of mealtime solutions, visit


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