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USDA Proposes Revisions To Nutrition Standards Under New School Lunch/Breakfast Law

January 13, 2011: 05:02 AM EST

With a goal of improving the health and well-being of America’s children while tackling childhood obesity, the USDA has proposed changes to the nutritional standards for meals served through the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs. The proposed rules, which implement part of the newly-enacted Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, would make school meals more nutritious. The proposed rules require more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fat-free and low-fat milk to school meals, and require schools to limit the levels of saturated fat, sodium, calories, and trans fats in meals. The new law includes an increase in the federal reimbursement for school lunches to six cents a meal, as well as more technical assistance. Nearly 32 million children participate in federally-subsidized school meal programs.

"USDA Unveils Critical Upgrades to Nutritional Standards for School Meals", News release, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, January 13, 2011, © USDA
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