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National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), on September 9, 2009 wrote to members of congress:
"On behalf of America’s hard-working and struggling dairy farmers, the National Milk Producers Federation is writing to express our support for the $350 million included in the Senate FY 2010 Agriculture Appropriations by Senator Bernard Sanders (I-VT) as an amendment to the Farm Service Agency budget with the intent of assisting dairy producers."
NMPF claims to have provided the service of analyzing the best means of spending the $350 million. NMPF comes down strongly in support of the government buying processed cheese stating:
“If these same additional funds were used to purchase processed cheese for food program distribution, then $350 million would fund the purchase of an additional 210 million pounds of processed cheese, assuming the current outlook for market prices plus a $0.20 per pound cost for processing, packaging and transportation. The natural cheese content of 210 million pounds of processed cheese represents about 60 percent of total monthly production of American-type cheese, so it is assumed that purchases and donations would be spread out over a year, over which time they would represent an additional four percent of production.”
Members of congress need to be aware, there may be little U.S. produced cheese in “processed cheese.”
Here is a letter from FDA to Kraft in 2002:
Then in a 2004 report the USITC said:
“56 percent of all MPC purchased in 2002 was MPC 70-79 used in the production of processed cheese products (MPC 70-79 accounted for 91 percent of the MPC used in the production of processed cheese products.”
NMPF cannot claim ignorance regarding the use of MPCs in processed cheese. NMPF has been involved in virtually every major discussion of MPCs in Washington DC.
NMPF cannot honestly claim anything, “On behalf of America’s hard-working and struggling dairy farmers.”