FNS Releases Final Rule on Delayed Implementation of Grains Ounce Equivalents in the CACFP


On September 25, 2019, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) published a final rule in the Federal Registry notice, Delayed Implementation of Grains Ounce Equivalents in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). This final rule delays the implementation of the "ounce equivalents" requirement for crediting grains served through the CACFP until October 1, 2021. The delay of implementation allows FNS to develop additional materials and technical assistance to help operators meet requirements. It provides State agencies with the opportunity to offer more training to assist meal planners and ensure compliance. This regulatory action is consistent with FNS' efforts to improve customer service and work with allied partners in the CACFP. This rule is in effect starting October 1, 2019.

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