Food Suppliers to Cut 1 Trillion Calories

WASHINGTON, May 17 (UPI) — Sixteen U.S. corporations have pledged to cut a total of 1 trillion calories from the food they sell annually by the year 2012, first lady Michelle Obama said.

The group of corporations, which account for an estimated 20 percent to 25 percent of the U.S. food supply, have also committed to reducing 1.5 trillion calories in their product by 2015, the first lady said at a news conference in Washington.

The Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, which includes the 16 corporations and the Partnership for a Healthier America, announced Monday the corporate participants agreed to reformulate their foods by addressing fat and sugar content, introducing lower-calorie options and reducing portion sizes of existing single-serve products.

“This commitment represents a major step forward to providing Americans with healthier choices so that they can choose to lead healthier lives,” the first lady said. “In the weeks and months to come, we expect to hear more announcements regarding specific steps on reducing sugar, fat and sodium in the food because as I’ve said so many times before, solving the obesity epidemic in this country requires far more than anything government can or should do.”

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