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Harkin and Woolsey Reintroduce Time and Place Legislation

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Harkin and Woolsey Reintroduce Time and Place Legislation

March 16, 2007 -- On Tuesday, March 6th, Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) reintroduced the Child Nutrition Promotion and School Lunch Protection Act, S. 771. Representative Lynn Woolsey (D-Calif.) also reintroduced the House version of the bill, H.R. 1363.  Cosponsors of the Senate bill include:

  • Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.)
  • Senator Thomas Carper (D-Del.)
  • Senator Richard Durbin (D-Ill.)
  • Senator Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.)
  • Senator Robert Menendez (D-N.J.)
  • Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska)
  • Senator Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.)
  • Senator Arlen Specter (R-Pa.)
  • Senator Ted Stevens (R-Alaska)
  • Senator George Voinovich (R-Ohio)

Cosponsors of the House bill include:

  • Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.)
  • Representative Lois Capps (D-Calif.)
  • Representative Donna Christensen (D-VI)
  • Representative Steve Kagen (D-Wisc.)
  • Representative Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio)
  • Representative Jim Marshall (D-Ga.)
  • Representative Christopher Shays (R-Conn.)
  • Representative Pete Starks (D-Calif.)
  • Representative Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.)

The current bills are very similar to the legislation introduced in the 109th Congress.  The legislation would revise the definition of Foods of Minimal Nutritional Value to correspond with current nutrition science.  The bill would also expand the time and place rule, allowing the Secretary of Agriculture to have authority over all food and beverages sold on the school campus during the school day.  SNA has long advocated that all foods served and sold in school should be held to an appropriate and consistent nutrition standard. Failure to apply the same rules to all foods sold/served on campus throughout the school day erodes the efforts schools are making to ensure the nutritional quality and value of school meals offered inside the cafeteria. 

SNA is advocating for expansion of this legislation to include the creation of a uniform national nutrition standard governing all foods sold in schools, including school meals. Over 30 industry members have sent letters to Senator Harkin and other members of Congress, asking them to support the establishment of a national nutrition standard. A child’s nutrition needs are the same whether they live in Oregon or Virginia.  Consistent standards are needed to promote wellness and send a clear message to students. SNA supports the Child Nutrition Promotion and School Lunch Protection Act as important step in the right direction. 

For a copy of this legislation, please visit Related Links.


 
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