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CANNED FOODS PROPOSED AS AN ELEMENT OF UNITED STATES HUMANITARIAN AID; AMERICA 'CAN' REACH ACROSS THE WATER

CANNED FOODS PROPOSED AS AN ELEMENT OF UNITED STATES HUMANITARIAN AID;
 AMERICA CAN' REACH ACROSS THE WATER
 WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- This week Senators and House members are receiving colorful steel lunchboxes with consumer products packaged in steel cans. The lunchboxes and the products they hold carry an important humanitarian message: healthy, nutritious canned foods should be included in the proposed aid package that the Congress is considering offering the people of the former Soviet republics.
 "We recognize the need among the people of the former republics of the Soviet Union to obtain the basic necessities that so many of us in the United States take for granted," said Bill Heenan, president of the Steel Can Recycling Institute (SCRI). "Cans have helped bring food to our tables for over a century, and we believe they can help relieve the food crisis overseas."
 Norman Correia, chairman, Canned Food Marketing Program, Canned Food Information Council, said, "Canned foods are ideal for aid to the Soviets. They need no refrigeration and are a shelf-stable source of good food variety and nutrition."
 The program is a joint effort, conducted by the Steel Can Recycling Institute, whose major funding members include Bethlehem Steel Corporation, LTV Steel Company, National Steel Corporation, U.S. Steel Group, Weirton Steel Corporation, Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Corporation and the American Iron and Steel Institute. James B. Bruhn, chairman of the SCRI, and vice president, Tin Mill Products Sales and Marketing for Weirton Steel Corporation, noted, "Times of change, even for the good, can impose hardship on citizens, and the steel industry is proud to be a part of the American commitment to helping in this effort."
 Other organizations supporting this effort include the Can Manufacturers Institute, Canned Food Information Council and the National Food Processors Association. Together, these organizations support American efforts to promote good relations, including direct food aid, to the citizens of the former Soviet republics.
 Senators John D. Rockefeller IV (D-W.Va.) and David Durenberger (R-Minn.) are spearheading Senate efforts to include canned foods in the humanitarian aid effort. The Rockefeller-Durenberger proposal would direct a portion of the funds to be committed for aid by the United States to be used to purchase canned foods. For example, $1 billion would purchase approximately 2 billion cans, yielding about eight meals per person for nearly 250 million people.
 "Shelf-ready canned foods will provide immediate assistance to the Soviet people while bulk commodities are being distributed and processed," said Sen. Durenberger.
 Canned food has already been cooked, is stable, will ship well, can withstand potential delays in the shipping process, and will still be delivered into the hands of the citizens of the former Soviet republics intact -- ready to serve, while retaining its freshness and nutritional value.
 "Americans will shortly celebrate Thanksgiving," said Sen. Rockefeller. "And while we may be tempted to take it for granted, we are reminded both at home and abroad that the things that we consider necessities are not always available to every citizen. Food is among the most basic of these necessities. Thanksgiving and the holiday season are peak times for the use of canned foods. We in the United States are fortunate that canned foods are provided through a broad and efficient system of distribution. We want to give others that privilege as well."
 The canned food aid message was delivered to Congressional and Senate representatives through lunchboxes made of steel and containing steel cans filled with various products. With an overall current recycling rate of 66 percent, steel is America's most recycled material. A steel can, lunchbox or bridge can be recycled into a car, building, or another can that brings food and other products to homes, hospitals and hotels. Steel cans produced in the United States have 25 percent recycled content.
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: For additional information contact: Anne-Marie Farley of the Canned Food Information Council, 312-836-7371, or Roger Coleman of the National Food Processors Association, 202-639-5935, or Bill Heenan of the Steel Can Recycling Institute, 800-876-7274, or Milton Deaner of American Iron and Steel Institute, 202-452-7100/
 /CONTACT: Mary Norton or Cyndi Braun of the Canned Food Information Council, 800-876-7274/ CO: Canned Food Information Council; National Food Process Association;
 Steel Can Recycling Institute; American Iron and Steel Institute ST: District of Columbia IN: FOD SU: PS -- NY004 -- 5258 11/20/91 09:01 EST
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