Committee Chairmen Send Letter to USDA on Waiver to Delay Implementation of Competitive Foods, Breakfast Standards

On February 5, 2014, Chairman Robert Aderholt (R-AL) of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies and Chairman John Kline (R-MN) of the Committee on Education and the Workforce sent a letter to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack calling to his attention the Congressional directive that would establish a waiver process that will provide local schools with an option to delay the implementing the new nutrition standards contained in the school breakfast and/or competitive foods regulations if the regulations are proving to be too costly.

The directive, which was included as part of the Agriculture Appropriations bill, requires USDA to complete the process within 90 days of enactment. According to the letter, both Aderholt and Kline expect that schools would have this option available to them by April 17, 2014.

SNA will learn more about the status of this waiver at LAC during the USDA Update 2014 General Session and will report back any updates.

SNA reported on this waiver in a previous story (insert link). To view the Aderholdt/Kline letter click here. Click here to review the bill.

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