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Competitive Foods Update

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The proposed rule has been sent to the Office of Management and Budget, indicating the next step in rulemaking. This proposed rule would codify the two provisions of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (Pub. L. 111-296; the Act) under 7 CFR parts 210 and 220. Section 203 requires schools participating in the National School Lunch Program to make available to children free of charge, as nutritionally appropriate, potable water for consumption in the place where meals are served during meal service. Section 208 requires the Secretary to promulgate proposed regulations to establish science-based nutrition standards for all foods sold in schools not later than December 13, 2011. The nutrition standards would apply to all food sold outside the school meal programs, on the school campus, and at any time during the school day. The Congressional Budget Office determined these provisions would incur no Federal cost and that the provisions in this proposed rulemaking would result in better nutrition for all school children. To read more, click here.

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