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Posted on
December 16, 2022 by
The VRG Weblog Editor

By Reed Mangels, PhD, RD

5 years in the past, a workgroup with representatives from 9 federal departments and businesses together with the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Protection created a doc, Meals Service Pointers for Federal Services. This doc was designed to “be certain that more healthy meals and drinks can be found and inspired at federal services, that environmentally accountable practices are performed in federal meals service venues, … communities are economically supported by way of native meals sourcing, [and] that meals security practices are adopted to attenuate the chance of foodbourne diseases.” An up to date model of this doc has not been revealed as of November, 2022.

This doc promotes larger use of plant meals and probably may end in extra vegan-friendly objects being out there in federal services. Federal services embody federal prisons, nationwide parks, Veteran’s Administration (VA) hospitals, museums, and authorities buildings. Meals might be bought in these services in varied locations starting from cafeterias and snack bars to concession stands and merchandising machines. There are additionally places the place meals is served comparable to federal prisons, navy eating services, and federal hospitals. The meals security pointers within the doc apply to venues the place meals is offered for buy and the place meals is served. The opposite pointers have been created for venues the place meals is bought though they might be tailored for venues the place meals is served.

The rules for meals service  are labeled as both commonplace (what is predicted) or revolutionary (meals companies are inspired to do these). All pointers are thought-about to be voluntary.

Listed below are a few of the pointers which can be most related to vegans:

  • Supply quite a lot of low-fat dairy merchandise (or dairy options) every day comparable to milk, … and fortified soy drinks. [standard]
  • Supply quite a lot of non-fried protein meals comparable to seafood, lean meats and poultry, eggs, legumes (beans and peas), nuts, seeds, and soy merchandise every day {commonplace}
  • Supply protein meals from crops such as legumes (beans and peas), nuts, seeds, and soy merchandise every day {revolutionary)

Environmentally accountable practices which can be really helpful embody

  • use of compostable single-service objects,
  • use of reusable plates, cups, utensils, and so on.
  • use of environmentally pleasant cleansing merchandise,
  • at the least 25% of meals and drinks served needs to be domestically sourced and/or licensed natural (at the least 10% of meals and drinks served in merchandising machines),
  • cut back meals waste

Reference:

Meals Service Pointers Federal Workgroup. Meals Service Pointers for Federal Services. Washington, DC: U.S. Division of Well being and Human Companies; 2017

To learn extra about vegetarian choices in federal services see:

Veggie Meals In (or Close to) Nationwide Parks

Prisoners’ Rights, Non secular Observe, and Vegan Meals in Jail

Do Jail Inmates have a Proper to Vegetarian Meals?

Meals Service Replace and Amount Cooking Info

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