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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Will the new Congress roll back food policy?


In the past few years, the federal government became more involved in what Americans eat, from requiring schools to serve fruit at lunch to eliminating transfats in doughnuts. But the new Republican Congress is already laying the groundwork to push back in 2015. The $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill Congress passed in December allows states more flexibility to exempt schools from USDA’s whole-grain standards if they can show hardship and to halt future sodium restrictions.  New House and Senate leaders of the committees responsible for reauthorizing School Nutrition programs have been openly critical of the 2010 Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, the bipartisan law that included many reforms that are now sparking complaints among schools and Republicans who argue the rules are too prescriptive and costly. The School Nutrition Association, which lobbied aggressively to scale back the new regulations, is asking to drop a mandate that kids take a half-cup serving of fruits or vegetables,


Source: Politico, 12/30/14, Food Fight