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FNS Seeks Comments on Proposed Rule Establishing Stronger Requirements for Local School Wellness Policies; Rule Also Proposes to Limit Marketing of Foods in Schools

The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) today published its proposed rule regarding Local School Wellness Policy under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (the proposed rule) in the Federal Register. The proposed rule is a result of Section 204 of… Read More
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FNS Permanently Eliminates Grain and Protein Maximums; Allows Sugar to Process Frozen Fruit in School Nutrition Programs

According to an advance copy of the rule made public earlier today, USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service will be making permanent the elimination of weekly maximums on grains and meat/meat alternates, and the allowance of processing frozen fruit w… Read More
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The Development of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans Begins

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), announced today that the first meeting of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) will be held on June 13, 2013 from 8:30 a.m. –… Read More
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School Nutrition Update

By Marshall L. Matz, as published in Agri-Pulse School nutrition is front and center these days. At the USDA Outlook Conference, Secretary Vilsack proudly pointed out the many improvements USDA has made to school nutrition programs as well as other n… Read More
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Competitive Foods Rule

On February 8, 2013, the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued a proposed rule entitled “Nutrition Standards for All Foods Sold in School as Required by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 20… Read More
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Block Grants: Over Sold - Under Thought

By Marshall L. Matz and Roger R. Szemraj, as published in Agri-Pulse There has been a lot of discussion lately about converting various food assistance programs from their current status as entitlement programs into a block grant. This is not a new i… Read More
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