Seafood Industry Leader Available on New Food Guidance System

Apr 19, 2005, 01:00 ET from National Fisheries Institute

    WASHINGTON, April 19 /PRNewswire/ -- National Fisheries Institute (NFI)
 President John Connelly is available today and throughout the week to comment
 on the new food guidance system to be unveiled this morning by the U.S.
 Department of Agriculture.  NFI is the nation's leading advocacy group for the
 fish and seafood industry whose members represent a variety of businesses
 ranging from the ocean to the table.
     Connelly said, "Healthy nutrition is a vital issue to all Americans,
 especially mothers and children.  Unfortunately, recent news from political
 activists has confused many Americans about the nutritious value of fish and
 seafood.  We anticipate the USDA will strengthen its earlier messages
 conveying the health benefits of seafood in today's recommendations."
     He noted the 2005 Federal Dietary Guidelines specifically mentioned the
 tremendous health benefits of fish and seafood, such as Omega-3 fatty acids
 that can 'reduce the risk of mortality from cardiovascular disease.'  It also
 recommended 'consuming approximately two servings of fish per week.'

SOURCE National Fisheries Institute