USDA sets ‘Smart Snacks in School’ standards

Source: USDA

 

USDA's new "Smart Snacks in School" nutrition standards ensure U.S. students will be offered healthier food options during the school day, according to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. 

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 required USDA to establish nutrition standards for all foods sold in schools – beyond the federally-supported meals programs. The "Smart Snacks in School" nutrition standards, to be published this week in the Federal Register, reflect USDA's response to the nearly 250,000 comments received on the proposal earlier this year.

"Smart Snacks in School" carefully balances science-based nutrition guidelines with practical and flexible solutions to promote healthier eating on campus, drawing on recommendations from the Institute of Medicine and existing voluntary standards already implemented by thousands of schools around the country, as well as healthy food and beverage offerings already available in the marketplace.

Highlights of the "Smart Snacks in School" nutrition standards include:

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For more information on Smart Snacks in School, visit www.usda.gov/healthierschoolday