The U.S. Department of Agriculture released new proposed rules to control snacks sold in America's elementary and secondary schools. The proposed regulation follows a separate regulation restricting the amount of calories and types of foods that can be served in school breakfasts and lunches. These rules are required by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, legislation passed by a lame duck, Democrat-controlled Congress in December 2010. Congressman Tim Huelskamp, who in the 112th Congress introduced legislation to undo the school breakfast and lunch rules, issued the following statement about the proposed school snack restrictions:
"America's Nutrition Nannies strike again. Despite the public outcry that led USDA to harshly back off its school lunch mandates, here they go once more. This time they are after vending machines and snack bars. At least there is a policy argument that perhaps the federal government may regulate what goes on school lunch trays because they subsidize those lunches. But, the last time I checked, Uncle Sam is not handing out allowance money for kids to spend on snacks."
"Ironically, the Obama Administration is 'anything goes' when it comes to controversial issues. They endorse handing out birth control to students without parental consent, but do not trust students or parents to make decisions about kids eating potato chips versus apples as school snacks. Only in Washington would that make sense."
Public comments may be submitted by visiting http://www.regulations.gov (search for docket FNS-2011-0019) or by writing to: Julie Brewer, Chief, Policy and Program Development, Branch, Child Nutrition Division, Food and Nutrition Service, P.O. Box 66874, Saint Louis, MO 63166.