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USDA Relaxes Obama-Era Rules On Whole Grains In School Lunches

May 3, 2019: 12:00 AM EST
Since 2014, U.S. schools have been required to serve only whole grain versions of food as part of the national school lunch program, an important source of free and reduced-price meals for millions of children. But the continuing rollback of Obama-era rules and regulations by the Trump administration has now touched that program, though it appears non-political. After months of complaints about flavor and costs, and lots of uneaten lunches, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said the USDA was returning to an old standard: only half of grain foods like pasta and bread must be rich in whole grains. Cafeteria directors who lobbied for the change say they just wanted greater flexibility to serve foods like white bread – more processed and with less fiber – when whole grains don't work. In Vermont, the relaxed rule means white rice will be served with beans again. In Oregon, macaroni and cheese may return. The rollback addresses rules on grains, milk, and salt championed by former first lady Michelle Obama.[Image Credit: © Sornram Srithong from Pixabay]
"With Trump rollback, school lunch could get more white bread", Associated Press News, May 03, 2019, © The Associated Press
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