New rules for snack foods in school

Published online: Feb 05, 2013
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USDA announcing new standards for snack foods in vending machines in schools.

Specifically the snacks may not exceed 200 calories; they must have whole grains, low fat dairy, fruits, vegetables or protein foods as their main ingredients. The snacks should be low in fat, sugar and sodium. Beverage serving size and caffeine content would vary according to age group.

The rules apply only to foods sold on a school campus during the school day. They do not affect school breakfasts and lunches and do not apply to bagged lunches, treats for birthdays and other celebrations, foods sold for fundraisers or at after school activities and sporting events.

The rules will be published in the Federal Register in the next few days; comments will be accepted for 60 days after publication.