Recently, the USDA issued a long-awaited list of “competitive” food rules. These are rules aimed at the food that is available in schools outside of the federally subsidized school meals. Vending machine and school store food, for example.
The highlights of these rules are outlined neatly by Bettina Elias Segal, with the Huffington Post. She also has blog called The Lunch Tray that covers all of these issues regularly. The full article is available here. But a summary of the main highlights are:
Under the new rules, foods sold at school outside the meal program must:
– Be either a fruit, a vegetable, a dairy product, a protein food, a “whole-grain rich” grain product (50 percent or more whole grains by weight or have whole grains as the first ingredient), or a combination food that contains at least 1⁄4 cup of fruit or vegetable; OR
– Contain 10 percent of the Daily Value (DV) of naturally occurring calcium, potassium, vitamin D, or fiber.
The hype surrounds the 60 day “questions and comments” period, where people just like you and me can leave comments on this proposal. HERE. I wonder how many comments “big food” companies will make?