The USDA last month released proposed long-term nutrition standards for school meal programs. Among other provisions, the proposal phases in new limits on added sugars and additional sodium reductions and seeks feedback on whole grain requirements and flavored milk options. USDA’s comparison chart details specific proposed changes.

Research shows students receive their healthiest meals at school, thanks to current nutrition standards,” said SNA President Lori Adkins, MS, SNS, CHE. “As schools nationwide contend with persistent supply chain, labor and financial challenges, school meal programs are struggling to successfully maintain current standards and need support, not additional, unrealistic requirements.”

As SNA prepares to draft official comments in response to the proposal, we are collecting member feedback on each section of the proposed rule. Please submit your comments by March 15, 2023.

Additionally, industry members who wish to anonymously share how long it would take their company to comply with the proposed rule can fill out this form by March 15, 2023.

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