USDA Releases Memo Outlining Flexibility for Target 2 Sodium Requirements for 2017-18


On January 6, 2017, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a memo, SP 15-2017, to regional and state directors regarding flexibility for the Target 2 sodium requirements for School Year 2017-18. As you may know, Target 2 sodium requirements are scheduled to take effect on July 1, 2017. To help address some challenges with meeting Target 2 reduction, USDA is offering some flexibility. School food authorities (SFAs) are expected to comply, however if SFAs that are working toward compliance, but not fully in compliance will NOT incur fiscal action during administrative reviews.

During the period of flexibility, USDA's Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) plans to continue to gather ongoing challenges in order to develop technical assistance. Review the memo SP 15-2017 for further guidance.

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