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Plum Island Animal Disease Center: DHS and USDA Are Successfully Coordinating Current Work, but Long-Term Plans Are Being Assessed
GAO-06-132: Published: Dec 19, 2005. Publicly Released: Dec 19, 2005.
The livestock industry, which contributes over $100 billion annually to the national economy, is vulnerable to foreign animal diseases that, if introduced in the United States, could cause severe economic losses. To protect against such losses, critical research and diagnostic activities are conducted at the Plum Island Animal Disease Center in New York. The Department of Agriculture (USDA) was re...
School Meal Programs: Competitive Foods Are Widely Available and Generate Substantial Revenues for Schools
GAO-05-563: Published: Aug 8, 2005. Publicly Released: Sep 7, 2005.
Recent increases in child obesity have sparked concerns about competitive foods--foods sold to students at school that are not part of federally reimbursable school meals. The nutritional value of these foods is largely unregulated, and students can often purchase these foods in addition to or instead of school meals. In our April 2004 report on competitive foods (GAO-04-673), we reported that sev...
School Meal Programs: Competitive Foods Are Available in Many Schools; Actions Taken to Restrict Them Differ by State and Locality
GAO-04-673: Published: Apr 23, 2004. Publicly Released: Apr 23, 2004.
The nation faces a complex challenge in addressing recent trends in children's health and eating habits. To address these trends, in 2001, the U.S. Surgeon General issued a call to action to prevent and decrease overweight and obesity among all Americans, especially children. In this statement, schools were identified as one of the key settings for public health strategies to address these issues...
Bioterrorism: A Threat to Agriculture and the Food Supply
GAO-04-259T: Published: Nov 19, 2003. Publicly Released: Nov 19, 2003.
When the President created the Department of Homeland Security, he included U.S. agriculture and food industries in the list of critical infrastructures needing protection. The Secretaries of Agriculture and of Health and Human Services have publicly declared that the U.S. food supply is susceptible to deliberate contamination. GAO was asked to provide an overview of the potential vulnerabilities...
Combating Bioterrorism: Actions Needed to Improve Security at Plum Island Animal Disease Center
GAO-03-847: Published: Sep 19, 2003. Publicly Released: Oct 20, 2003.
Scientists at the Plum Island Animal Disease Center are responsible for protecting the nation against animal diseases that could be accidentally or deliberately introduced into the country. Questions about the security of Plum Island arose after the 2001 terrorist attacks and when employees of the contractor hired to operate and maintain the Plum Island facilities went on strike in August 2002. GA...
School Meal Programs: Revenue and Expense Information from Selected States
GAO-03-569: Published: May 9, 2003. Publicly Released: May 9, 2003.
The National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs provide millions of children with low-cost or free nutritious meals each school day. In school year 1996-97, the Department of Agriculture instituted more stringent requirements for the nutritional content of school meals. GAO was asked to study the school food service revenues and expenses and how they have changed since the requirements went into...
Food Assistance: Potential to Serve More WIC Infants by Reducing Formula Cost
GAO-03-331: Published: Feb 12, 2003. Publicly Released: Feb 12, 2003.
The Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) provided about $3 billion to state agencies in fiscal year 2001 for food assistance, including infant formula, through its Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). Most infants receiving formula are given a milk- or soy-based standard formula. To stretch program dollars, each state WIC agency cont...
Food Assistance: Activities and Use of Nonprogram Resources at Six WIC Agencies
RCED-00-202: Published: Sep 29, 2000. Publicly Released: Sep 29, 2000.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the activities and use of nonprogram resources at six Special Supplemental Food Program for, Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) agencies, focusing on: (1) ways WIC agencies deliver nutrition services and administer the program; (2) ways staff at WIC agencies allocate their time delivering nutrition services and administering the program; and (3)...
FNS: Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children: Requiremtns for and Evaluation of WIC Program Bid Solicitations for Infant Formula Rebate Contracts
OGC-00-65: Published: Sep 18, 2000. Publicly Released: Sep 18, 2000.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Food and Nutrition Service's (FNS) new rule on infant formula rebates. GAO noted that: (1) the rule would require state agencies to award infant formula rebate contracts based on the lowest net price, allowing the highest rebate as a basis of award only when the weighted average retail prices of the different brands of infant formula vary by...
Food Assistance: Options for Improving Nutrition for Older Americans
RCED-00-238: Published: Aug 17, 2000. Publicly Released: Sep 18, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO: (1) determined why some older persons do not use federal food relief programs; and (2) identified strategies that could be used to increase participation in these programs.GAO noted that: (1) older persons do not participate in federal food assistance programs for many reasons; (2) some of these reasons cut across programs; (3) for example, older persons a...