"In other words, children will be able to buy only foods that their parents would find generally acceptable,' says Jessica Donze Black, director of the Kids' Safe and Healthful Foods Project, a non-profit, nonpartisan group helping to improve school foods for our kids. If your school participates in the National School Lunch Program (most public schools in the country do), they must adhere to these new snack regulations by the start of the 2014 school year.More info
Kids' Safe and Healthful Foods Project Commends USDA for Proposing Snack Standards for Schools
“We applaud USDA for taking this important step to ensure that all foods and beverages sold in schools, including snacks, meet minimal nutrition standards. This is the kind of positive change we need to help reduce obesity rates among children and teens, which are now more than triple what they were four decades ago.
“Millions of students currently have widespread access to snacks and beverages that are high in sugar, fat and salt. When fully implemented, the standards USDA has proposed today will help provide kids with healthier snack foods and beverages in a la carte lines, vending machines and school stores.
“With many students consuming up to half of their daily calories at school, these guidelines could make a real difference in the health of our nation’s kids. Now it’s up to us—parents, teachers, pediatricians and everyone who cares about children’s health—to tell USDA that we support efforts to provide students with healthy snacks and drinks. That requires a strong final rule.”
BACKGROUND: USDA has opened a 60-day comment period during which nutrition experts, school leaders, parents and other members of the general public are invited to review the proposed nutrition standards for snack foods and beverages and submit comments. This proposed rule complements USDA’s standards for school meals, which took effect this school year. Comments may be provided online at www.regulations.gov.
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- Feb 1, 2013
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