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Parents’ support USDA standards for healthier options in school vending machines


 New standards don’t include vending

In January, USDA released separate new standards to improve the nutritional value of foods served as part of the nation’s school meal programs—the first major update in 15 years. Schools nationwide will implement them beginning next fall, but they will not apply to snack foods and beverages.

The anticipated standards for snack foods and beverages will complement the meal rules and are expected to be released within the next few months. USDA will accept public comments for 90 days, as it did with the earlier school meal standards. The final standards for snack foods and beverages are expected to take effect in the fall of 2013.

“Schools are taking considerable steps to ensure the meals they serve are more nutritious than ever before, but if students are surrounded by less healthy beverage and snack options, we’re not doing everything we can,” said Donze Black. “If we want to succeed in turning around this country’s obesity epidemic, ensuring that all of the foods and beverages sold in schools are healthy and nutritious is an obvious place to start.”

Poll results come from a nationwide telephone survey of 1,010 registered voters conducted Jan. 11-16, 2012, by Hart Research Associates and American Viewpoint. Poll results are statistically representative of the opinions of voters nationwide and carry a margin of error of ± 3.1 percentage points.

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