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THE NEWS WEEKLY OF GRAIN-BASED FOODS MAY 18, 2010 / SPECIAL Michelle Obama led initiative on childhood obesity taking shape I.A.O.M. conference focuses on safety Products and worker safety emphasized during educational programming at association's annual event in Las Vegas Story on Page 26 LATE NEWS U.S. flour exports surge in first quarter of 2010 WASHINGTON - Spurred by a heavy outflow to Pakistan, U.S. flour exports in the first quarter of 2010 soared to the largest total in eight years. It is likely that the flour sent to Pakistan was relief supplies intended for destinations in strife-torn Afghanistan. The total of January-March flour exports from the United States was 2,299,000 cwts, contrasted with 946,000 in the same three months of last year and the recent low of 806,000 in 2006. The three-month outgo was the largest since 2,899,000 cwts were exported in the first quarter of 2002. Pakistan alone accounted for January-March shipments of 971,000 Continued on Page 8 WASHINGTON - An action plan aimed "We want to marshal every resource - at reducing the incidence of childhood public and private sector, mayors and obesity to 5% by 2030 was unveiled May governors, parents and educators, busi11 by First Lady Michelle Obama. In a ness owners and health care providers, Washington press conference, the plan coaches and athletes - to ensure that we are providing each and was described by Mrs. Obama every child the happy, healthy and Domestic Policy Council future they deserve." director Melody Barnes. According to the White Also present at the press House, the 5% target repreconference were members of sents the rate of childhood the Childhood Obesity Task obesity prevalent before the Force, the group responsible upturn that has continued for developing the plan, "Solvsince the 1970s. ing the Problem of Childhood In February, Mrs. Obama beObesity Within a Generation." gan the effort with the launch "For the first time, the na- Michelle Obama of a Let's Move! Campaign. tion will have goals, benchmarks, and measureable outcomes that President Obama established the task will help us tackle the childhood obesity force with the objective of developing epidemic one child, one family, and one an interagency plan with a coordinated community at a time," Mrs. Obama said. Continued on Page 20 First-quarter flour output gains 1.7%; largest for January-March WASHINGTON - Flour production by U.S. mills in the first quarter of 2010 increased 1.7% from the same 2009 quarter to a new record for January-March, according to the Bureau of the Census of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Output in January-March amounted to 102,324,000 cwts, up 1,662,000 from 100,662,000 produced in the first three months of last year. The prior high was January-March 2008 at 101,382,000, followed by 2000 at 101,110,000, 2009 at 100,662,000 and 2007 at 100,255,000. There have been only five times to date in which first-quarter output topped 100 million cwts. The recent low for the first quarter was January-March 1976, at 66,446,000. The peak in quarterly flour production occurred in the fourth quarter of 2000, when output reached 109,673,000 cwts. This was followed by July-September 2007 at 109,017,000 and July-September 2000 at 108,838,000. The first quarter 2010 production was the 25th-largest. Output in 39 quarters has exceeded the 100-million mark. January-March flour output decreased 1.3% from 103,717,000 cwts in the last quarter of 2009. The report for the first quarter included Continued on Page 40

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