Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) released the following statement on proposed guidelines from USDA on the "Smart Snacks in School" proposal. The USDA's proposal seeks to establish standards for all foods served in schools, beyond federally-supported school meals programs.
"I'm pleased the USDA is moving forward on the proposed rules dealing with school nutrition. These rules will require schools to meet minimum basic guidelines, and provide kids with healthy meal options in cafeterias, vending machines and snack bars. These proposed rules also take important steps limiting the amount of sugar and sodium that can be in the food products. They are long overdue and should not be weakened. "
This proposed rule was required by the bi-partisan Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act, which was signed into law on December 13, 2010.
The full language of the proposed rules can be read at http://www.fns.usda.gov/cga/020113-snacks.pdf. Those wishing to give their input on the proposed regulations have 60 days to make comment at http://www.regulations.gov