By News Editor Lynn Arbid
According to the United States Department of Agriculture, new standards, defined as the USDA Interim Final Rule Nutrition Standards or “Smart Snacks in Schools” guidelines, have been implemented to make food sold at school healthier.
These regulations apply to food sold in the cafeteria, school stores, snack bars, vending machines and as a part of fundraising efforts, according to District 203′s Sodexo general manager, Barbara Brown.
“The impact on us is the most obvious because of lunch time and what we serve at breakfast,” Brown said. “The regulation really does apply to any food being sold, not just what Sodexo is selling.”
According to the “Smart Snacks” guidelines, the food sold must meet multiple requirements. It must either be whole grain, list the first ingredient as either a fruit, vegetable, dairy product or protein, be a “combination food” or contain 10 percent of the daily value of one nutrient of public health concern.