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Comment Period Extended for the Proposed Rule to Revise Nutrition Standards

Published: 67 days ago
" On February 3, 2023, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), released the Proposed Rule Child Nutrition Programs: Revision to Meal Patterns Consistent With the 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Contracting Entities in the Child Nutrition Programs are encouraged to comment on the Proposed Rule, and the deadline to do so has been extended to May 10. Note that a Final Rule is not scheduled for release until 2024, after all public comments have been analyzed. It is subject to change based on the comments received.
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On February 3, 2023, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), released the Proposed Rule Child Nutrition Programs: Revision to Meal Patterns Consistent With the 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

The proposed rule reflects long-term nutrition standards for National School Lunch Program (NSLP), School Breakfast Program (SBP), and NSLP Afterschool Snacks which are based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2020–2025. Items addressed in the proposed rule include:

• Limits on added sugars for grain-based desserts, breakfast cereals, yogurts, and flavored milks in school year 2025–26; then establishing overall average weekly limits beginning SY 2027–28.
• Proposed options for flavored milk requirements.
• Options for whole grain-rich requirements.
• Continued gradual reduction of sodium limits for both breakfast and lunch over several school years.
• Crediting of nuts and seeds as a meat/meat alternate component.
• Professional Standards flexibilities.
• Updates to Buy American provisions.
• Adding hummus to the list of Smart Snacks.
• Alignment of NSLP Afterschool Snacks standards with the CACFP snack standards.

USDA is welcoming public comments on this proposed rule from February 7, 2023, through May 10, 2023. Comments may be submitted by one of the following methods:

• Online on the Regulations.gov web page
(https://www.regulations.gov/) or
• By mail to School Meals Policy Division, Food and Nutrition Service, P.O. Box 9233, Reston, Virginia, 20195

Note that a Final Rule is not scheduled for release until 2024, after all public comments have been analyzed. It is subject to change based on the comments received.

USDA developed many resources to help states and CEs understand the proposed rule and timeline. For more information, please visit:
https://www.fns.usda.gov/cn/proposed-updates-school-nutrition-standards

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