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School Nutrition Association Issues Response to Proposed Competitive Food Regulations
NATIONAL HARBOR, MD (February 1, 2013) – School Nutrition Association released the following statement in response to the release of US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) proposed regulations to establish nutrition standards for “competitive” foods and beverages sold in schools. USDA’s press release and a link to the proposed regulations can be found at: http://content.govdelivery.com/bulletins/gd/USDAOC-6a1e31.
"School Nutrition Association (SNA) supports the goal of ensuring that all foods and beverages sold in schools are healthy options for students,” said SNA President Sandra Ford, SNS. “School nutrition professionals have been working hard to increase nutritious choices available in the cafeteria by serving more whole grains, fruits and vegetables and limiting the sodium and fat in meals - all part of ongoing efforts to implement new nutrition standards for school meals. SNA looks forward to reviewing the details of these newly proposed competitive food regulations and providing feedback through the public comment process.”
The proposed rule would apply to all foods and beverages sold during the school day from vending machines, school stores and snack bars on campus, as well as a la carte items sold in the cafeteria. The regulations do not apply to reimbursable school meals, which meet their own nutrition standards, updated on July 1, 2012. Also, the rule does not apply to classroom parties, occasional fundraisers and bake sales, items sold at sporting events after school hours or foods or beverages brought to school from home.
About School Nutrition Association: The School Nutrition Association (SNA) is a national, non-profit professional organization representing 55,000 school nutrition professionals across the country. Founded in 1946, SNA and its members are dedicated to making healthy school meals and nutrition education available to all students. To find out more about today’s school meals, visit www.TrayTalk.org.
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