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USDA Relaxes School Meals Nutrition Rules

Sonny PeredueNewly confirmed U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced an interim final rule on Monday (May 1) that postpones further sodium reductions in school meals for at least three years, allows schools to serve 1 percent flavored milk, and gives states authority to exempt schools from having to replace all their grain-based products with whole-grain-rich products.

During a visit to a Leesburg, Virginia elementary school to mark School Nutrition Employee Week, Perdue signed a proclamation which he said begins the process of restoring local control of guidelines on whole grains, sodium, and milk.  Perdue says the new rule is needed to give schools more flexibility in meeting the strict standards.  Others see the measures as an attempt to roll back healthy school lunch standards promoted by former first lady Michelle Obama.

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House Committee Approves Rewrite of Federal School Meals Laws

On Wednesday (May 18), the U.S. House Committee on Education & the Workforce voted to advance a reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act, the federal law governing school meals programs.  The version advanced by the House committee rolls back some of the healthy schools meal standards First Lady Michelle Obama has championed.  It was approved on a largely partisan 20 to 14 vote (one Republican and all Democrats voting against).

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