NAMA, the national association for vending, micro market and office coffee service providers, has announced a conference call for its members on March 12 to discuss the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food's proposed rule for all foods sold in schools, including those in vending machines. The call will take place at 2 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Details about the call will be sent from NAMA to its members prior to March 12.
The Federal Register on Fe. 8, 2013 published the United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service (USDA-FNS) request for comments on their upcoming rule related to Nutrition Standards for All Foods Sold in Schools. The USDA-FNS is seeking comments regarding the implementation of section 203 and 208 of Public Law 111-296, the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA), which requires that the Secretary promulgate proposed regulations to establish nutrition standards for foods sold in schools other than those foods provided under the Child Nutrition Act of 1966 (CAN) and the Richard B Russell National School Lunch Act (NSLA).
The HHFKA specifies that nutrition standards apply to all foods sold (a) outside the school meal programs; (b) on the school campus; and (c) at any time during the school day. The proposed rule sets forth standards to be implemented on all school campuses and will limit the items that can be sold through vending machines. Official comments are due by April 8, 2013.
The key provisions of the proposed rules are as follows:
Under the proposed rules, any food sold in schools must:
(1) Be either a fruit, a vegetable, a dairy product, a protein food, a “whole-grain rich” grain product (50% or more whole grains by weight or have whole grains as the first ingredient) or a combination food that contains at least ½ cup of fruit or vegetable: or
(2) Contain 10% of the Daily Value of a nutrient cited as a public health concern in the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (calcium, potassium, vitamin D or fiber)
Additionally the food must meet a range of calorie and nutrient requirements:
- · Total fat must be ≤ 35% of calories; saturated fat must be ≤10% of calories: and trans fat must be 0g as stated on the label. Exemptions are provided for reduced fat cheese; nut and nut butters without other ingredients and seafood with no added fat
- · Snack items shall contain ≤200 milligrams of sodium
- · For total sugar levels the proposal included two alternatives: one is ≤ 35% of calories and the other is ≤ 35% of weight. Exemptions are provided for fruits and vegetable packed in juice or extra light syrup and for certain yogurts. (The department is seeking comments on these two alternatives)
- · Snack items have a limit on calorie of ≤200 calories per portion. Non NSLP/SBP entrée items have a calorie limit of ≤350 calories
The proposal also includes beverage requirements:
All schools may sell plain water, plain low fat milk, plain or flavored fat-free milk and milk alternatives permitted by NSLP/SBP and 100% fruit/vegetable juice. Elementary schools may sell up to 8 ounce portions. Middle and high schools may sell up to 12 ounce portions.
Additionally the proposal offers additional beverage options in high school.
- · 20 ounce servings or less for calorie free, flavored and or unflavored carbonated water and other calorie free beverages which are ≤ 5 cals/ serving
- · 12 ounce serving of other beverages within specific calorie limits. Two alternatives are offered, ≤40 cals/8 oz serving (or ≤60 cals/12 oz serving) and the second is 50 cals/8 oz serving (or 75 cals/12 oz serving) The department is seeking comments on these two alternatives.
- · Such beverages shall not be available in the meal service area during the meal service periods.