Lancaster farming. (Lancaster, Pa., etc.) 1955-current, August 13, 1977, Image 16

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    —Lancaster Farming. Saturday. Am
Two-Way radio enables a grain inspector to more efficiently use his time and they can report or get instructions on problems that must be remedied before
helps to keep grain moving. Once samples are taken, the inspection crew can get the grain may be moved,
immediate directions from the supervisor on the next load to be inspected. And
Grain inspected at U.S. ports
A massive effort is underway to re
vamp the inspection and weighing sys
tem for grain, the American farmer’s
most important export.
Last year, Congress wrote a new law
to prevent short-weighing, misgrading
and other abuses that can tarnish the
image of United States grain exports.
Lancaster Co. poultrymen
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Senator George McGovern
from South Dakota.
The 79-page government
study which recommends
that the general public
decrease consumption of
meat, butterfat, eggs, and
other high cholesterol
sources in the effort to
reduce the incidence of
coronary heart disease, has
been a source of great
concern for eggmen, cat
tlemen, and dairymen in
The egg industry,
however, has felt a par
ticular blow, since one of the
recommendations made by
the Senate Select Committee
is that the American people
should reduce cholesterol
consumption to 300
milligrans per day. Ac
cording to the egg industry
figures, this recom
mendation will severely cut
egg consumption in
American diets since one egg
contins approximately 250
milligrans of cholesterol,
The National Commission
on Egg Nutrition is also
concerned because the
booklet gives an implied
promise that these recom
mendations, if followed,
would lower the incidence of
coronary heart disease - a
fact which has been highly
controversial for years and
which goes unsupported by
scientific facts, today.
One of the many other
just 13, 1977
concerns of NCEN stemmed
from the fact that the booklet
referrs to all Americans
unqualifiedly, and does not
disclose that there are large
segments of the population
for whom egg avoidance is
not warranted.
On July 26, the poultry
industry was able to testify
before the committee,
however, and present its
points. Five noted industry
representatives represen
tatives testified for several
hours, urging the committee
to withdraw “Dietary
Goals” from circulation.
According to reports, Dr.
Robert E. Olson, professor
and chairman of the
department of biochemistry
and professor of medicine at
St. Louis University School
of Medicipe, stated, “I
disagree with the basic
premise of the report as to
reducing the cost of health
care, morbidity or mortality,
as listed in ‘Dietary Goals.’
There is not any proof that
dietary changes alter
He also stated that “diet
may be important_for some
people and not for others.
The goals are directed at 10
per cent of the U.S.
population at best...”
He later stated, ‘T cannot
support adoption of these
dietary goals as published. I
don’t agree that diet is a
chronic problem, and we
can’t prove that adoption of
these dietary goals will
As a result of the new authority, a U.S. Department
of Agriculture agency, still in its infancy, has been
hiring and training a large force of inspectors and
weighers to oversee the quality of export shipments
at ports, and grain movement at major inland termi
nals such as Minneapolis and St. Louis.
achive the stated objectives.
I recommend you make
major changes in these goals
or that they be withdrawn.”.
According to other tran
scripts, Dr. Norton Spitz,
professor of medicine at the
New York University School
of Meidicne, said,
“The effects on heart
diseaseand overall mortality
of diets with low cholesterol
and decreased saturated fat
(with only minor
manipulation of the
polyunsaturate content; is
unestablished since well
controlled studies
specifically designed to
investigate this question
have not been carried out.”
And, the American
Medical Association has
stated, “We believe that it
would be inappropriate at
this time to adopt the
proposed national dietary
goals as set forth in the
“Report on Dietary Goals for
the United States.” The
evidence for assuming that
benefits to be derived from
the adoption of such
universal dietary goals as
set forth in the report is not
conclusive and there is
potential for harmful effects
from a radical long term
dietary change as would
occur through adoption of
the proposed national
Also during the testimony
the July 26, figures were
stated showing that, based
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Grain firms have cooperated—many voluntarily—
in developing closer controls over the quality of their
Time will tell how effective the new effort is,
but USDA reports already indicate that there are
fewer complaints from foreign buyers about grain