Federal government relaxes nutrition standards for school lunches

"If kids aren't eating the food, and it's ending up in the trash, they aren't getting any nutrition-thus undermining the intent of the program", Perdue commented Monday during a visit to Catoctin Elementary School in Leesburg, Virginia.

The new U.S. Department of Agriculture secretary, Sonny Perdue, along with Sen. Wasted food is indeed a problem in schools - but it has little to do with the nutrition standards: Levels of food waste didn't change after they were implemented, and researchers have found that kids in the program are actually eating more fruits and vegetables today.

Lauded by supporters in the USA as crucial in the fight against childhood obesity, the initiative put restrictions on sodium and sweetened milks, and required school lunches to increase the amount of whole-grain foods they contained.

Long Beach-area schools, like others across the country, may soon have more wiggle room when it comes to following nutritional rules that may be requiring them to serve dishes students are not willing to eat.

He told a crowd gathered at a school cafeteria in Leesburg, Va., that he's listened to kids, parents and school administrators, many of whom have been pushing for more flexibility in implementing nutrition standards that were enacted during the Obama administration.

Democratic lawmakers are upset over the Trump administration's announcement that the healthy school meal standards advocated by former First Lady Michelle Obama are being pulled back.

This new "regulatory flexibility" counteracts several of the former First Lady's efforts to curb childhood obesity, including the "Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act" and her widely-publicized "Let's Move!" campaign.

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The sodium limit for a high school lunch is now about 1,400 milligrams, or three-fourths of the recommended daily maximum, Wootan said. "That doesn't make any sense". Schools can also replace non-fat milk with 1 percent. The change reflects the Trump Administration's second suspension in a day of a Michelle Obama-backed program; the White House also eliminated the education initiative Let Girls Learn yesterday.

The changes are opposed by many health advocacy groups and backed by corporations that sell food to schools.

The massive s spending bill, which keeps most of the federal government funded through September 30, would also push back deadlines for schools to meet lower sodium levels and prevent federal funds from paying salaries of any government officials to implement the standards.

Others don't want to see any changes to the healthier meals.

In addition to Perdue's announcement, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it would postpone its rule for calorie labels on restaurant menus and grocery store displays that were set to go into effect this week.

Perdue argues that the new administration is slowing down the process, but not going back on any health standards.

McGovern added: "Just because President Trump thinks fast food is a balanced meal doesn't mean we should lower our standards for our kids".

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue on Monday announced plans to ease some nutritional standards for school meals.

  • Larry Hoffman