Would frozen produce by any other term bring sales as sweet? The folks who freeze fruits and vegetables don’t think so. They wanted the term”healthy” on their labels. And the Food and Drug Administration says they’reentitled to it.The FDA has ruled that fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables have roughly the samenutrients. The agency proposes that frozen produce, without sauces or other ingredients,can bear labels using the term “healthy.””The term ‘healthy’ has been very narrowly defined, as has the word ‘fresh,'”said Connie Crawley, a food, nutrition and health specialist with the University ofGeorgia Extension Service. “It’s in the producers’ interest to have healthy or fresh on their label becauseconsumers think it’s better for us,” Crawley said. “FDA isn’t always consistentwith the terms across the food categories.”Before the current label definitions, producers could use terms like healthy and freshon any product.”They could say anything they wanted to before,” Crawley said. “But noweverything has to be looked at on an individual basis to use the term healthy.”In light of this new ruling, the canned-produce industry wants to label their productshealthy, too. But FDA said they failed to submit data backing their request.”Usually when you heat-process anything, there is some loss of nutrients,especially the water-soluble vitamins — even vitamin A and carotene,” Crawley said.”With frozen foods there’s no blanching,” she said. “They’re usuallyflash-frozen if they don’t have a sauce on them.”Frozen fruits and vegetables, in short, are good for you.”In some respects they are more nutritious than produce in the grocerystore,” Crawley said. “The food in the grocery has been exposed to air andlight, and nothing has been done to slow the loss of nutrients.”As long as frozen foods are packaged well and don’t suffer any freezer burn, they’re asclose to fresh as you can get.”In some cases they may even be better for you,” Crawley said.For example, processors add vitamin C to frozen grapefruit to keep it from changingcolor. So the vitamin C content jumps to 235 mg in the frozen from just 6 mg in a freshgrapefruit.”I can see why the canned food industry is upset,” Crawley said. “Whenyou look at the nutrients of canned versus frozen, there isn’t that much degradation aslong as they use the juice when packing.”It’s all about how you present the data, and the frozen food industry obviouslymade a good case,” she said. “The actual change from canned to frozen to freshis not that much.”
An elderly voter narrowly escaped arrest after she was involved in an altercation with election day workers at a polling division in the St Andrew, south-eastern constituency. According to election day workers at a polling station housed at the Jaycee’s headquarters on Altamont Crescent in New Kingston, the woman cast her vote and proceeded to tear-off the counter seal on the ballot; a job, which should have been done exclusively by election day workers. As a consequence, the woman was informed her vote had been voided. She asked if she could take the ballot from the polling station home, however, this was refused. This was when the altercation started and the police were called. As a result, the woman, who wishes to be anonymous was unable to vote. The Jaycee’s polling station on Altamont Crescent was among the least visited by voters within that constituency.