Check your pantry for canned pears, a ripe and ready breakfast menu solution any time of year.
~ Top hot and cold cereal with diced canned pears.
~ Layer canned pears and yogurt in tasty parfaits.
~ Dress up canned pear halves with colorful blueberries.
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A favorite of students and foodservice operators, canned pears are a staple on many school menus, purchased to meet US Department of Agriculture (USDA) fruit serving requirements and to provide a flavor treat.
The Pacific Northwest Canned Pear Service advises canned pear purchasers to look closely for the product's country of origin. When it comes to canned pears, a low price point may not add up to value. In terms of safety, quality and flavor, fruit grown and processed in the United States enjoys several advantages.
Safety is a big concern for schools, and USDA grade standards are not always used in countries exporting foods into the United States. Misleading terms like "choice quality" should not be considered a replacement for USDA approval. Finally, as a congressional member of the Safe Climate Caucus points out (Congressman John Garamendi in a letter to the Sacramento Unified School District*), purchasing foreign goods has a negative environmental impact. Many imports must be shipped from half a world away, which takes substantial energy resources. US agriculture is not only grown with much more environmental friendliness, sourcing could even be local.
USA-grown and processed canned Bartlett pears combine quality, safety, familiarity, and price to deliver a considerably better value, proving that the "Product of the USA" label makes a significant difference for school foodservice purchasers.
Equally important, the USDA mandates and enforces a "Buy American Provision" when it comes to school lunches and looks to school foodservice programs to purchase USA grown and processed fruit.
* To request a copy of Congressman Garamendi's letter, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Use the subject line: Garamendi Letter