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States sue over “flexibilities” in school meals

Six states and Washington, D.C., sue the USDA and secretary Sonny Perdue over changes to sodium and whole grain regs for schools.

Since the announcement of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act in 2010, school nutrition professionals and their manufacturer partners have struggled to attempt to meet those new rules, which called for the most significant changes to the school meal program in nearly two decades. Those new regs called for certain restrictions including a three-tier sodium reduction and a move to serving 100% of items that are whole-grain rich (meaning items must be at least 51% whole grain).

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