Perdue said, "If kids aren't eating the food, and it's ending up in the trash, they aren't getting any nutrition - thus undermining the intent of the program".
US Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, in one of his first acts after his Senate confirmation last week, signed a proclamation that postpones sodium reductions, makes it easier to serve foods without whole grains, and allows the return of chocolate- and strawberry-flavored milk with fat.
Schools, according the U.S. Department of Agriculture, want more control over the sodium, whole grains, and milk they are now serving children. Perdue also announced that 1% milk would be allowed again in schools, as now only non-fat flavored milk is permitted into school cafeterias. Schools have always been required to follow government nutrition rules if they accept federal reimbursements for free and reduced-price meals for low-income students, but the Obama administration's standards were stricter.
Michelle Obama spearheaded reforms to the school lunch program to improve youth nutrition and reduce childhood obesity, but many schools found the restrictions hard to follow.
Perdue's decision to roll back nutrition standards for school lunches is clearly highly controversial. Officials at the Department of Agriculture thought enough of the changes to boast, "Ag Secretary Perdue Moves to Make School Meals Great Again".
Palace Releases New Photo of Princess Charlotte Ahead of Her 2nd Birthday
LONDON (AP) It's almost party time for Britain's Princess Charlotte, who celebrates her 2nd birthday on Tuesday. Better still the image was captured by her mother, Duchess Kate - a budding amateur photographer.
"SNA commends USDA in supporting practical flexibility to benefit school meal programs and students".
Also, an upcoming requirement to lower sodium levels in meals will be delayed, and waivers will still be allowed for the requirement that all grains on the lunch line must be 50 percent whole grain.
Michelle Obama has lunch with pupils at Parklawn Elementary School in Alexandria, Virginia, in January 2012.
However, campaign group the US Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) warned the move would "freeze progress" on steps towards reducing salt in school meals.
"A flawless example is in the south, where the schools want to serve grits", said Perdue, a former governor of Georgia. Many times, kids end up throwing away foods they dislike. Relaxing the sodium requirements is also worrisome, she said. These loosened restrictions are for federally funded school lunch programs.
Family kicked off Delta flight, threatened with jail, foster care
So Schear figured he'd just set his infant son in that seat (strapped into a carseat), since he had paid for it, after all. Schear told KABC he told Delta he was planning to use the seat for his younger son when they boarded the return flight.
"It's going to be interesting what the rationale is going to be for adding more salt to foods", she said. The USDA has since set limits on the amount of fat, calories, sugar, and sodium in school foods.
The new directive did not change the previous rules on fruits and vegetables in school meal standards.
"The youngsters at school, they were not eating the meals, and then they would go down to some fast food place and eat twice as much as they would have eaten before", Roberts said.
It's about whether one believes the federal government should dictate nearly every aspect of what kids eat at schools, or if local communities, with the input of parents, should make these decisions.
Trump delays decision on withdrawing from Paris climate accord
A meeting scheduled for Tuesday between top Trump advisers was postponed , according to a White House official. Her agency's budget is also up for discussion. "The same is true in many parts of Europe", he said.
- Trump Says The US 'Needs A Good Shutdown'
- Neymar: Time for Barcelona to sort Messi's new contract
- Aaron Hernandez Will 'Always Be Guilty,' Says Odin Lloyd's Mother
- Zurich Classic: Smith and Blixt outlast Kisner and Brown in Monday play-off
- Coach's Kate Spade Purchase Buys a Bagful of Millennials
- Asean heads worry over fallout from war in Korean peninsula
- Hasan Minhaj, Samantha Bee Speak Truth to Power in Competing Events
- Federal Reserve keeps interest rates steady, hints at further hikes
- Congress Warns US Airlines to Improve Customer Service
- Lustig hails Celtic display