Rules OK re­fined grains

The Norwalk Hour - - OBITUARIES/NEWS -

The U.S. school lunch pro­gram is mak­ing room on menus again for noo­dles, bis­cuits, tor­tillas and other foods made mostly of re­fined grains.

The Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion is scal­ing back con­tested school lunch stan­dards im­ple­mented un­der the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion in­clud­ing one that re­quired only whole grains be served. The U.S. Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture said Thurs­day only half the grains served will need to be whole grains, a change it said will do away with the cur­rent bu­reau­cracy of re­quir­ing schools to ob­tain spe­cial waivers to serve select re­fined grains foods.

Low-fat cho­co­late milk will also be al­lowed again. Pre­vi­ously, only fat-free milk could be fla­vored, al­though that rule had been tem­po­rar­ily waived. A fi­nal goal for lim­it­ing sodium will be scrapped as well, but schools will still be re­quired to meet re­duced sodium tar­gets.

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