Republicans Criticize New USDA School Nutrition Standards

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U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR), the ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, and House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairwoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC) released a statement Friday criticizing the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) new proposed rule updating school nutrition standards.

The USDA announced the proposal, which would change standards for items like grains, fruits, and vegetables, claiming that it is based on feedback from stakeholders. However, the legislators argue that the USDA may be ignoring what works for schools and families in order to impose “unworkable” standards.

“We will review this proposal and talk with the stakeholders who make this program run to understand what works and what does not. Claiming to be science-based doesn’t mean USDA can put unworkable standards in place that make it harder for local school personnel to feed kids,” asserted the legislators.

“Claiming to have solicited feedback does not mean USDA can ignore what works for schools and families to ensure kids will eat the meals. Claiming to be flexible does not mean USDA can add requirements that drive up costs for schools and families.”

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