What happened to the new nutrition standards for school meals?

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November 18, 2011

What happened to the new nutrition standards for school meals?

Earlier his week, Congress passed legislation limiting the US Department of Agriculture’s efforts to develop new nutrition standards for school meals. What is School nutrition Association reaction?

Earlier this week, Congress passed legislation limiting the US Department of Agriculture’s efforts to develop new nutrition standards for school meals.  The Lempert Report reached out to Frank DiPasquale, CEO of the School Nutrition Association to get the association's reaction to the Congressional action and subsequent media firestorm.

For many, the Congressional action was a surprise given the traction and support of the effort from parents across the nation, celebrity chefs and the First Lady.  Here's what DiPasquale had to say: "The negative publicity about school meals is terribly unfortunate, given the tremendous progress school nutrition professionals and food companies have made in providing healthy school meals offering a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and other nutritious choices.  School Nutrition Association strongly advised against Congressional involvement in the regulatory process of developing new nutrition standards for school meals.  These details should be ironed out by the experts at USDA who are best equipped to develop achievable, science-based nutrition standards that meet the Dietary Guidelines for Americans".

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