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July 9, 2013

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Federal Policy

Upcoming Regulatory Actions to Expect
SNA and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation Creating Breakfast Materials
Competitive Foods Update: Interim Final Rule Published
SNA President Testifies Before House Education Subcommittee on Impact of Federal School Meal Rules
Summer Foods Kick Off!
FDA Requests Nominations for Voting Members on the Food Advisory Committee
Action Alert for Proposed Legislation in Senate and House

State Policy

Arizona State Policy on Snacks Ahead of Federal Government
Maine Expands Summer Feeding Program

Reports, Webinars, and Events

RWJF Research: Consumers Want Menu Labeling
Opportunity to Submit Nominations for Nutrients of Interest for Dietary Reference Intake Reviews

Upcoming Meetings and Events


Federal Policy

Upcoming Regulatory Actions to Expect

According to the Unified Agenda released recently, and found here, we can expect several school related regulatory actions this fall and early 2014.

  • School wellness: proposed rule opens November 2013, ends January 2014
  • CACFP: proposed rule opens September 2013, comment period ends November 2013
  • Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program: final action: January 2014

SNA and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation Creating Breakfast Materials

Much like the Meal Pattern Guide found at www.schoolnutrition.org/mealpattern, SNA is working to create materials to support members in breakfast meal pattern changes. Working with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, SNA’s Nutrition Committee is looking to create materials with examples of breakfast menus for members to gear up for the changes this fall with school breakfast as dictated by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. These menus would be geared to meet USDA's requirements for the 2013-14 school year. SNA and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation will be releasing the guide at SNA’s 2013 Annual National Conference (ANC) in Kansas City next week. Look for this members-only resource to be posted on SchoolNutrition.org.

Competitive Foods Update: Interim Final Rule Published

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has published an interim final rule for Competitive Foods entitled, National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program: Nutrition Standards for All Foods Sold in School as Required by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. SNA is in the process of reviewing and analyzing the rule, as well as determining next steps in response to the rule. This interim final rule amends the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program regulations to establish nutrition standards for all foods sold in schools. There is a 120 day comment period for the interim final rule and written comments on the rule are accepted at Regulations.gov until October 28, 2013. Key changes in the rule are:

  • Increasing the proposed rule’s sodium limit on snacks and non-program side dishes from 200 mg per portion as packaged to 230 mg (through June 2016);
  • Exempting nuts/seeds and nut/seed butters from the rule’s total and saturated fat standards;
  • Exempting part skim mozzarella cheese from the total and saturated fat standards;
  • Allowing full strength juice diluted with added water (or carbonated water);
  • Allowing fruit packed in light syrup; and
  • Adopting the 35 percent by weight standard for sugar over the alternate 35 percent of calories standard.

See www.schoolnutrition.org/competitivefoods for the Interim Final Rule, SNA’s Press Release, and a list of a number of news articles on the topic quoting SNA President Sandra Ford. Other resources include the OFW Memo on the Interim Final Rule and a side-by-side comparison (in Excel) of SNA’s recommendations (view comments) and the Interim Final Rule.

SNA President Testifies Before House Education Subcommittee on Impact of Federal School Meal Rules

On Thursday June 27, 2013, SNA President Sandra Ford, SNS, testified before the House Education Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education on the impact that the new school meal pattern regulations have had on school meal operators. Ford’s testimony included discussion on the financial impact and the unintended consequences of elements on the new requirements. During the question and answer period, Members of Congress inquired into best practices of schools, the impact on industry and how schools have and will adjust in the future.

The witnesses included: SNA President Sandra Ford, SNA Member Megan Schaper of State College, Pa., Margo Wootan, PhD, of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, and Kay Brown of the GAO. Visit this link for the testimonies of all the witnesses and the archived video of the hearing.

Summer Foods Kick Off!

With school out, food is still available at a USDA Summer Meal site. The Summer Meal Program provides children with a safe place to go in the summer when school is out where they can get free, nutritious meals. Many of these sites also have organized activities that can keep children busy and make sure they are ready to learn when they return to school in the fall. For more information about a site near you, visit www.whyhunger.com/findfood.

FDA Requests Nominations for Voting Members on the Food Advisory Committee

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published a notice requesting nominations for voting members on the Food Advisory Committee. Nominations received on or before July 22, 2013 will be given first consideration for membership on the Committee, and nominations received after that date will be considered to the extent nominees are still needed. The Food Advisory Committee provides advice to the FDA Commissioner, and other appropriate officials, on emerging food safety, food science, nutrition, and other food-related health issues that FDA considers of primary importance for its food and cosmetics programs. Members serve for terms of up to 4 years. Nominees should have expertise in microbiology, nutrition, food science, food technology, pediatric development, or nanotechnology in food. To read the federal register notice, click here. To read the OFW Memo, click here.

Action Alert for Proposed Legislation in Senate and House

Please help us advance legislation to permanently eliminate weekly maximums on grains and proteins. Contact your Senators and Member of Congress and ask them to co-sponsor S. 427/H.R. 1303. For a customizable form letter to send to your House Members and Senators, visit http://capwiz.com/asfsa/issues/alert/?alertid=62541546.


State Policy

Arizona State Policy on Snacks Ahead of Federal Government

With USDA announcing new rules for “Smart Snacks,” the State of Arizona is already ahead due to state guidelines in place. Foodservice directors in Arizona mentioned that they saw a decrease in vending machines sales and that the restrictions on snacks saw a dip in overall revenue. However, most also agreed that the impact on students will be overall positive. To learn more, visit this link.

Maine Expands Summer Feeding Program

Maine has expanded its summer feeding program into all of the state’s counties and increased feeding sites to 307. Last year, there were 242 sites. However, officials remained concerned that participation remains low throughout the state as only 16% of students who qualify enjoy the free meals. To learn more, visit this link.


Reports, Webinars, and Events

RWJF Research: Consumers Want Menu Labeling

As the Food and Drug Administration works to finalize national menu labeling regulations, a new research review from Healthy Eating Research shows most consumers want menu labeling at the point of purchase in restaurants and cafeterias. Other show, customers notice menu labels at the point of purchase, and those labels increase their awareness of nutritional information and the impact of menu labeling may be greater among women and on higher-calorie items. In addition to the research review, two new RWJF-supported studies received national media attention: The first study shows that when people eat fast food, they consume more calories than they realize; the second study shows that menu labels can help people choose lower-calorie options. To learn more about the latest menu labeling research, visit this link.

Opportunity to Submit Nominations for Nutrients of Interest for Dietary Reference Intake Reviews

The US and Canadian governments are offering the opportunity to nominate nutrients for which Dietary Reference Intake (DRI) values may need to be reviewed. These will be considered by the Federal DRI Committees of both countries as they undertake the task of prioritizing nutrients for future review. Nomination requirements will be specified on the Dietary Reference Intakes web page, available at www.health.gov/DRI. The nomination consists of a cover letter and a literature search. The DRI Committees will accept nominations for consideration through 11:59 pm EDT on July 31, 2013.


Upcoming Meetings and Events

July 14-17, 2013, SNA Annual National Conference, Kansas City, MO
July 30-August 2, 2013, South Dakota State Conference, Aberdeen, SD


 
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