[PHNUTR-L] Nutritionists call for national school food standards
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Nutritionists call for national school food standards
By Lorraine Heller
3/2/2007 - More than 600 school nutrition professionals will next week
call on Congress to adopt national food and beverage standards for
'competitive foods' sold in schools.
The move is an attempt to address the current "patchwork" of guidelines
throughout the US on foods sold outside the school cafeteria, according
to the School Nutrition Association (SNA).
The non-profit group yesterday announced that its members, including
nutritionists, state child nutrition directors and foodservice industry
representatives, will address these issues during a meeting with Members
of Congress at the 35th Annual Legislative Action Conference in
Washington DC on Tuesday.
"The School Nutrition Association is advocating for national school food
and beverage standards to apply to items made available on the school
campus outside of the balanced meals served through the National School
Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program," said the group in a statement.
"Under current law, meals provided through the school lunch and
breakfast programs must follow nutrition standards in accordance with
the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Currently, there are no national
nutrition standards for 'competitive foods', or foods sold or made
available outside of the school cafeteria, resulting in a patchwork of
guidelines throughout the country," it added.
According to the association, consistent standards are needed to promote
wellness and send a clear and positive message to schoolchildren nationwide.
Activities of next week's conference will also include panel discussions
addressing SNA's 2007 legislative priorities, implications of local and
state nutrition standards and an update on child nutrition activities
from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Speakers at the event will include Senator Lisa Murkowski, who last year
sponsored the Child Nutrition Promotion and School Lunch Protection Act
of 2006, a bill introduced in Congress calling on the USDA to update its
nutritional standards for foods sold on school campus.
The proposed legislation was designed to address the same issue that
will next week again be approached: the loophole in the terms of the
current Child Nutrition Act that means that the USDA sets standards for
foods sold in school lunch rooms, but is prevented from regulating foods
sold elsewhere on school grounds.
The bill, introduced by lead sponsor Senator Tom Harkin, aimed to revise
the current definition of 'foods of minimal nutritional value' that are
permitted for sale in schools. The current definition, which dates back
to 1979 and which focuses on whether a food has at least minimal amounts
of one of eight nutrients, has been accused of being obsolete.
The new definition is designed to conform to current nutrition science.
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