USDA invites offers to sell canned sockeye

Sep 8, 2015

Bids are being accepted through the 16th in the USDA's plan to buy out millions of dollars worth of canned Alaskan salmon.

Credit Clark Fair

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is now soliciting offers to sell canned sockeye salmon in its plan to purchase $30-million dollars worth.

The USDA announced this plan last month after Senator Lisa Murkowski wrote a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack asking him to approve the purchase, which she said would alleviate a surplus inventory and put a nutritious product in food programs around the country.

The canned salmon will be distributed to school lunch programs and food banks around the country.

Bids must be submitted through the USDA’s web-based system, and are due by September 16th. Accepted bids will be announced by the 23rd, and deliveries will be made between October and February.