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Grain & Protein Maximums Permanently Lifted from School Meal Regs

The Agriculture Department says it’s making permanent rules that allow schools to serve larger portions of lean meat and whole grains in school lunches and other meals. Guidelines restricting portion size were originally intended to combat childhood obesity, but many parents complained their kids weren’t getting enough to eat. School administrators say that rules establishing maximums on grains and meats are too limiting and make it difficult to plan daily meals. The department eliminated limits and on meats and grains on a temporary basis more than a year ago. On Thursday officials made the rule change permanent.

 

Source: The Washington Post, January 2014

 

The USDA has permanently lifted the part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act that set maximums for the amount of grains and proteins schools could serve at lunch. The rule will be published Jan. 3 in the Federal Register. The rule was lifted after complaints from operators who said they couldn't menu certain items, such as sandwiches, because it put them over the maximums. Others cited hunger as a side effect of the stipulation.

 

Source: Foodservice Director Magazine, January 2014

 

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