October 3, 2008
The USDA plans to purchase US$5 million of catfish products, which would be donated to domestic food assistance programmes, according to US agriculture secretary Ed Schafer.
USDA's Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) will survey potential recipients to determine how much catfish product will be accepted for shipping. The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) will seek the lowest overall cost by inviting bids to supply the desired quantity and by awarding contracts to responsible bidders.
Government food experts will ensure that all purchased food is healthy and nutritious, for example, having low fat, sugar and sodium. The commodities must meet specific quality requirements and be inspected by USDA.
The AMS will only purchase domestic products.