USDA Releases New and Improved School Meal Nutrition Criteria

For Immediate Release

USDA Releases New and Improved School Meal Nutrition Criteria

Statement of CSPI Nutrition Policy Director Margo G. Wootan

WASHINGTON - I applaud USDA for proposing to bring school meal standards into the
21st century. The new standards represent an enormous improvement over
the status quo. Capping calories, limiting French fries, and reducing
salt will all help America's school children avoid unnecessary weight
gain and diet-related diseases. And requiring school lunches to provide more whole grains, fruits, and vegetables will teach kids healthy eating habits that may last a lifetime.

In addition, the recently passed child nutrition
reauthorization law will provide schools with more advice, model menus,
healthy recipes, and funding to implement these rules once they're
finalized and adopted.

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