(May 1) Federal Government Relaxes Nutrition Standards for School Lunches

By Mary Clare Jalonick
Associated Press via ABC 27 News

LEESBURG, Va. (AP) — Schools won’t have to cut the salt in meals just yet and they can serve kids fewer whole grains, under changes to federal nutrition standards announced Monday.

The move by the Trump administration rolls back rules championed by former first lady Michelle Obama as part of her healthy eating initiative.

As his first major action in office, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said the department will delay the requirement on lowering the amount of sodium in meals while continuing to allow waivers for regulations that all grains on the lunch line must be rich in whole grains. That means that they are more than half whole grain.

Schools could also serve 1 percent milk instead of the nonfat now required.

Full story: Federal gov’t relaxes nutrition standards for school lunches, by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press, 05/01/17

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