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California Prunes Benefit Digestive Health Says European Food Safety Authority


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06-17-13

Eating prunes is officially beneficial for digestive health confirms the EU Commission in a final authorisation ruling today?. Prunes are now the only natural, whole and dried fruit to achieve an authorised health claim in the EU following a six-year application process by the California Prune Board.

With eight out of ten adults in the UK not eating enough fibre, according to the National Diet and Nutrition Survey?, the new EFSA ruling is welcome news for health professionals and provides final scientific proof of what generations of people have known for centuries -- prunes contribute to normal bowel function.

"Discussing bowel function in the UK is a very difficult topic, so public health messaging around this subject can be hard to communicate," says nutritionist and registered dietitian Jennette Higgs. "For normal function the recommendation is that we eat 25g of fibre in our diet every day, and yet 80% of the UK does not eat enough. Fibre comes from fruits, vegetables, salad, wholegrains, nuts and seeds -- so it is important to include a plentiful range of these foods in your daily diet."

Recent studies have shown that the average fibre intake of UK adults is currently 18.4g/day?,?, which is 26% below the recommended dietary fibre intake of 25g/day5. Eating 100g (8-12) of prunes every day as part of a balanced diet will provide the beneficial digestive health effect and contributes 7.1g or a quarter of the recommended fibre intake.

Three prunes provides one of the five-a-day fruit and vegetable requirements necessary for a healthy and balanced diet and prunes are also a good source of potassium, which helps maintain normal blood pressure; a source of vitamin B6 and copper, which support normal functioning of both your immune and nervous systems; and a source of vitamin K and manganese, which support the maintenance of normal bones.

The aim of the EU Nutrition and Health Claims Regulations is to protect consumers from false health claims in labelling, advertising, marketing or promotional activity. All health claims are judged using rigorous scientific scrutiny and require top quality human research based on internationally agreed good scientific practice.

The EFSA ruling comes as a result of six years of comprehensive study to demonstrate the beneficial effect of prunes on digestive health and brings together the total weight of evidence brought from a series of studies concerning gut function, as a result of incorporating prunes in the diet6.

California is the largest producer of prunes in the world and they are known to be the best quality due to the regions' rigorous harvesting techniques and quality control assessments. The premium produce is supplied to 70 countries worldwide and the region contributes 60% of the world's prune supplies.

Mark Dorman, International Marketing Director of the Californian Prune Board adds, "This EFSA ruling has confirmed what people have known for centuries and should help people make a more informed choice about what they are eating and feeding their families. We have been working in the UK and Europe for the past 25 years, raising the profile of California Prunes as the healthy and nutritious commodity they are -- we finally now have the EU health ruling which confirms that prunes offer a convenient way to maintain normal bowel function."

For further information and interview with nutritionist Jennette Higgs please contact Rachel Cullis Dorsett, European PR Manager, California Prune Board -- 01858 414218 / Email pr@cpbeurope.eu.com

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Editors Notes

1 http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2...

2 Henderson L, Gregory J, Irving K, Swan G (2003) The National Diet & Nutrition Survey: adults aged 19 to 64 years. Volume 2. Energy, protein, carbohydrate, fat and alcohol intake. HMSO

3 Equivalent to 13.8g non-starch polysaccharide (NSP)

4 Bates B, Lennox A, Prentice A, Bates C, Swan G (2012) National Diet and Nutrition Survey (NDNS) headline results from Years 1, 2 and 3 (combined) combined of the Rolling Programme (2008/2009 -- 2010/11). Food Standards Agency.

5 EFSA (2010) Scientific Opinion on Dietary Reference Values for carbohydrates and dietary fibre http://www.efsa.europa.eu/de/scdocs/doc/1462.pdf

6 EFSA Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies (2012) Scientific Opinion on the substantiation of health claims related to dried plums of 'prune' cultivars (Prunes domestica L.) and maintenance of normal bowel function (ID 1164, further assessment) pursuant to Article 13(1) of Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006. EFSA Journal.10; 2712

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M2 PRESSWIRE-June 17, 2013-U.S. - Japan - Republic of Korea Trilateral Meeting in Washington, D.C.

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Washington, DC - Special Representative for North Korea Policy Glyn Davies will host a trilateral meeting with Japan and the Republic of Korea (ROK) in Washington, D.C. June 19 to exchange views on a wide range of issues related to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

The ROK delegation will be headed by ROK Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs Cho Tae-yong. The Japanese delegation will be headed by Japan Ministry of Foreign Affairs Director General for Asian and Oceanian Affairs Shinsuke Sugiyama.

These discussions reflect the close cooperation among our three countries and our common interest in ensuring peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula.

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M2 PRESSWIRE-June 17, 2013-Assistant Secretary for Conflict and Stabilization Operations Travels to Nigeria

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Washington, DC - Assistant Secretary for Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO) Rick Barton will travel to Nigeria June 16-22, 2013.

Assistant Secretary Barton will travel to Abuja, Lagos, and Port Harcourt to meet with members of the Nigerian Government, civil society organizations, community leaders, business representatives, media, and international donors. The Assistant Secretary will discuss a range of issues, including the security and stability of the Niger Delta.

More information on Assistant Secretary Barton and the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations is available on Twitter and Facebook . Further information on the State Department's work on civilian security, democracy, and human rights, follow @civsecatstate or visit www.state.gov/j .

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M2 PRESSWIRE-June 17, 2013-Extractives Transparency Partnership Announced Between U.S. and Guinea

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Washington, DC - The United States is pleased to announce a partnership with the Government of Guinea to strengthen transparency and good governance in Guinea's extractive industries sector. Guinea is blessed with significant mineral resources, many of which remain undiscovered or undeveloped. It is the world's largest producer of bauxite (used to make aluminum), and is set to become the third largest source of iron ore. Additional mineral resources include: gold, diamonds, graphite, manganese, nickel, and uranium. Guinea's mining sector alone generates a significant percentage of all export earnings, and 17 percent of GDP, making transparency and good governance of the mining sector a critical goal to ensure these resources are used to develop the country, strengthen the economy, and lift its citizens out of poverty.

The United States applauds Guinea's commitment to extractives transparency, including the government's decision to publicly post current and future mining contracts. The United States looks forward to partnering with Guinea and working closely with civil society and industry to further expand transparency efforts and support good governance in the extractive industries sector.

Several key outcomes of this partnership include:

* Ensuring more Guinean diamonds enter the legal chain of custody and are certified as conflict-free by the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme. Guinea is an active Participant of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme for rough diamonds, which aims to stem the flow of conflict diamonds and promote the legitimate trade in rough diamonds.

* Working collaboratively with Guinean Government and civil society to assess Guinea's diamond production capacity in order to better understand the production capacity of this resource and minimize the risks of smuggling.

* Working with Guinean partners in government and civil society to achieve compliant status under the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) by 2014. Guinea is currently an EITI candidate country. EITI is a voluntary, global initiative in which extractives sector payments made by companies and received by governments are publicly disclosed and reconciled. The initiative is designed to increase transparency, strengthen the accountability of natural resource revenue management, and build public trust in the governance of this important sector.

Revenue Watch recently ranked Guinea 33 out of 58 extractives countries in its Resource Governance Index, recognizing the need to continue to improve Guinea's reporting practices, safeguards and quality controls, and enabling environment. This puts Guinea in an excellent position to take the next steps towards improved extractives sector governance overall.

Good governance and transparency in the extractives sector is a key priority for the G-8 this year, and this partnership represents a key outcome of the United Kingdom's leadership on this issue. Robert D. Hormats, the Under Secretary of State for Economics, Energy, and the Environment will travel to London, England on June 15, 2013 to announce the Partnership with Guinean President Alpha Conde.

For more information please see link to partnership document in English and French: http://www.state.gov/e/enr/rls/ot/210631.htm

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M2 PRESSWIRE-June 17, 2013-Under Secretary Sonenshine To Deliver Remarks at the Center for Strategic and International Studies

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Washington, DC - Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Tara D. Sonenshine will deliver remarks at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) on Tuesday, June 18 at 10 a.m. Under Secretary Sonenshine's remarks are entitled "Bottom Line Diplomacy: Why Public Diplomacy Matters," and will discuss the ways in which public diplomacy has fused with our economic statecraft to nurture more prosperous, productive global partners who can help grow our national economy and make Americans safer.

To register to attend the Under Secretary's remarks at CSIS click here: http://my.csis.org/csis/CSIS1700/CSISEventRegistration.aspx?eventcode=2013_133

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-Secretary of State John Kerry to Commemorate PEPFAR's 10th Anniversary

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M2 PRESSWIRE-June 17, 2013-Secretary of State John Kerry to Commemorate PEPFAR's 10th Anniversary

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Washington, DC - On Tuesday June 18, Secretary of State John Kerry will commemorate the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)'s 10th Anniversary and discuss progress that is being made in the fight against global AIDS. The event will take place at 10:00 am EDT in the Dean Acheson Auditorium at the Department of State.

Secretary Kerry will be joined by:

Ambassador Eric P. Goosby, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator

U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo

U.S. Senator Benjamin Cardin, D-MD

Dr. Richard Nehabi Kamwi, Namibian Minister of Health and Social Services

Tatu Msangi, Nursing Officer in Charge at the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center (KCMC), Tanzania

This event is open to the press and will be streamed live at www.state.gov .

Pre-set for video cameras 8:15 a.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance Lobby.

Final access time for journalists and still photographers: 9:00 a.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance Lobby.

For media inquiries contact Anjana Padmanabhan in the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator at padmanabhana@state.gov . For updates, follow PEPFAR on Twitter @PEPFAR . Follow the conversation on Twitter under the hashtags: #SecKerry, #AmbGoosby, #PEPFAR

For more information on PEPFAR visit: www.pepfar.gov

Media representatives may attend this event upon presentation of one of the following: (1) A U.S. Government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense or Foreign Press Center), (2) a media-issued photo identification card, or (3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied by an official photo identification card (driver's license, passport).

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M2 PRESSWIRE-June 17, 2013-Assistant Secretary of State Kerri-Ann Jones To Travel to Indonesia and Kazakhstan

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Washington, DC - Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs Dr. Kerri-Ann Jones will travel to Indonesia June 16--19 and Kazakhstan June 20--26.

In Indonesia, Dr. Jones will represent the United States at the fourth annual Climate and Environment Working Group Meeting, formed under the U.S.-Indonesia Comprehensive Partnership. Under the Partnership, the United States and Indonesia cooperate on a wide range of activities to advance low carbon growth and address major threats to the world's environment. Dr. Jones will also meet with government officials to discuss science and technology, and how civil society and U.S. companies can support the promotion of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Dr. Jones will lead a U.S. delegation to Kazakhstan for the first Joint Committee Meeting (JCM) on Science and Technology Cooperation between our countries. The United States and Kazakhstan have a long and robust history of science and engineering cooperation. The JCM will assess new areas of collaboration including biomedical research to improve human and animal health, sharing of scientific data to better manage natural resources, and reducing the use and generation of hazardous substances to prevent environmental damage.

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-Extractives Industries Transparency Partnership Between the United States and Myanmar

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M2 PRESSWIRE-June 17, 2013-Extractives Industries Transparency Partnership Between the United States and Myanmar

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Washington, DC - The United States is pleased to announce a partnership with the Government of Myanmar to strengthen transparency and good governance in Myanmar's extractive industries sector. This initiative will help advance good human rights practices, positively contribute to resource sharing among local populations, and possibly help to mitigate conflict.

Myanmar is undergoing an historic political and economic transformation. The country has important gas and mineral reserves which, if properly managed, can play a critical role in promoting economic growth, expanding access to electricity, and increasing development in the country. This partnership builds on a joint statement on good governance and transparency in the energy sector signed on the margins of President Thein Sein's visit to Washington, DC in May 2013.

The partnership will provide political support and technical assistance to help Myanmar implement international best practices in the oil, gas, and mining sectors in order to improve public oversight, financial accountability, safety, and environmental stewardship. This engagement will improve long-term management in the sector and update the legal, regulatory, fiscal, and operating environment with the goal of attracting responsible investors.

It will also help Myanmar meet the requirements to join the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI). EITI is a voluntary, global initiative in which extractives sector payments made by companies and received by governments are publicly disclosed and reconciled. The initiative is designed to increase transparency, strengthen the accountability of natural resource revenue management, and build public trust in the governance of this important sector.

Good governance and transparency in the extractives sector is a key priority for the G-8 this year, and this partnership represents a key outcome of the United Kingdom's leadership on this issue. Robert D. Hormats, the Under Secretary of State for Economics, Energy, and the Environment will travel to London, England on June 15, 2013 to announce the Partnership with Myanmar.

For more information please see link to partnership document: http://www.state.gov/e/enr/rls/ot/210632.htm

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-Re-Election of Ambassador William Lacy Swing as Director General of the International Organization for Migration

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M2 PRESSWIRE-June 17, 2013-Re-Election of Ambassador William Lacy Swing as Director General of the International Organization for Migration

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Jen Psaki

Spokesperson , Washington, DC

The Department of State welcomes the re-election of Ambassador William Lacy Swing as Director General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) by acclamation. Ambassador Swing has dedicated his career to public service on behalf of the United States and the international community. He has ably led IOM over the past five years, strengthening IOM's emergency response, its management of complex humanitarian migrant and refugee movements, and further developing IOM's role as the leader of policy and programs related to global migration. The United States wishes Ambassador Swing and IOM continued success and looks forward to close cooperation in the years to come.

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-Land Transparency Partnership Announced Between U.S. and Burkina Faso

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M2 PRESSWIRE-June 17, 2013-Land Transparency Partnership Announced Between U.S. and Burkina Faso

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Washington, DC - The United States is pleased to announce a partnership with the Government of Burkina Faso to strengthen efforts to improve land governance and increase transparency in land transactions. In recognition of the central role that good land governance plays in achieving economic growth and food security, and in response to intensifying competition for land and natural resources and a lack of access to land administration services in rural areas, the Government of Burkina Faso undertook a multi-year stakeholder consultation process in order to develop a new land policy framework.

Under this framework, and with support from the United States Government through the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), Burkina Faso adopted a new Rural Land Tenure Law in 2009 that recognizes customary tenure practices, allows formal registration of a range of land rights, and decentralizes authority over land administration.

The partnership launched today will build on progress already achieved in implementing elements of the Rural Land Tenure Law and the Voluntary Guidelines for the Responsible Governance of Land, Fisheries, and Forests in the Context of National Food Security (VGs). The VGs, endorsed by the Committee on World Food Security in May 2012, promote secure tenure rights and equitable access to land as a means of eradicating hunger and poverty, supporting sustainable development, and enhancing the environment.

The United States and Burkina Faso will work together to reduce land conflicts in rural areas, increase the recognition of household rights to land, and enable local land use planning for the equitable allocation and use of natural resources. The partnership will also encourage shared learning, enhanced program coordination, and identification of gaps in policy, regulations and practical tools, with a particular emphasis on gender and transparency in land transactions.

The partnership will focus on two primary activities: (1) establishing and operating a national land observatory; and (2) building capacity for tracking transparency of land transactions. The land observatory will monitor and support the land reform process through research and facilitating policy assessment and dialogue to identify further legal, regulatory, procedural and operational adjustments. It will provide a venue for sharing the results, tools developed and lessons learned from the MCC-supported project and others. The observatory will also encourage sustainability and improved performance of the new rural land institutions and promote adherence to principles outlined in the VGs. As part of its ongoing activities, the land observatory will promote gender equity so that both men and women are included in land tenure reform.

Through the partnership, the Government of Burkina Faso will be encouraged to identify and pilot a cost-effective approach to recording, organizing, and storing documents and information related to land rights and transactions in order to improve the security of existing land rights, increase transparency, and improve the efficiency of land administration.

This partnership will be in coordination with other G-8 partners, the African Union Commission (AUC), and multilateral and regional organizations, to strengthen efforts to improve land governance and increase transparency in land transactions. The partners will build on current projects under the MCC Compact with Burkina Faso. That compact includes a Rural Land Governance Project ($59 million) that is implementing many elements of Burkina Faso's New Alliance Country Cooperation Framework and the VGs. The partnership will also build upon ongoing African land and agriculture development initiatives, including the Land Policy Initiative and the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP).

Good governance and transparency in land transactions is a priority for the G-8 this year, and this partnership represents a key outcome of the United Kingdom's leadership on this issue. Robert D. Hormats, the Under Secretary of State for Economics, Energy, and the Environment will travel to London, England on June 15, 2013 to announce the Partnership with officials from Burkina Faso.

For more information please see link to partnership document: http://www.state.gov/e/enr/rls/ot/210630.htm .

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