(June 23, 12:08 p.m.) The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently honored 46 corporations for their commitment to advocating nutrition and confronting obesity.

The 46 food and consumer electronic companies were recognized June 10 for signing a memorandum of intent with the USDA — in response to the MyPyramid Corporate Challenge issued in January by the USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion — agreeing to use up-to-date MyPyramid information in their messaging and graphics, said John Webster, public affairs spokesman for the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion.

“We are extraordinarily pleased with the response and look forward to working with our charter members and all of the new companies coming on board,” said Brian Wansink, executive director of the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion. “It’s about many companies rallying around a cause, to help the public eat a healthier diet with new and improved products and messages that reflect the MyPyramid recommendations.”

Several produce-related entities signed the memorandum, including:

  • Burger King Corp., Miami;

  • ConAgra Foods Inc., Omaha, Neb.;

  • Food Marketing Institute, Arlington, Va.;

  • IGA USA, Chicago;

  • Save Mart Supermarkets, Modesto, Calif.;

  • Sodexo Inc., Gaithersburg, Md.;

  • Stop & Shop Supermarkets/Giant Food LLC, Quincy, Mass.;

  • Subway, Milford, Conn.;

  • U.S. Potato Board, Denver;

  • Yum! Brands Inc., Irvine, Calif.;

  • Fruitology Inc.;

  • Kellogg Co., Battle Creek, Mich.;

  • Kraft Foods Global Inc., Glenview, Ill.;

  • General Mills, Minneapolis; and

  • Campbell Soup Co., Camden, N.J.
Corporations pledge support for USDA’s MyPyramid