USDA Issues New Guidance on Whole Grain Requirements

April 30, 2012 – USDA has issued SP 30-2012: Grain Requirements for the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program, a new policy memo providing guidance on the whole-grain requirements under the new meal pattern, which will become effective on July 1, 2012.  Among other details, the memo clarifies that USDA will allow SFAs and program operators to credit grain products based on the current 14.75 grams of grains per serving through SY 2012-2013. All grain products must be credited based on per oz eq standards beginning on July 1, 2013, the beginning of SY 2013-2014.  The complete memo can be found at: http://origin.www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/Governance/Policy-Memos/2012/SP30-2012os.pdf.


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