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Rescission of Pre-portioned Fruit Cup Crediting supplement released on May 14, 2013

" September 30, 2021 - On May 14, 2013, TDA issued a Pre-portioned Fruit Cup Crediting supplement memo regarding crediting of 4-ounce fruit cups. That supplement is being rescinded with updated guidance and an accompanying TDA-issued memo.
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September 30, 2021 - (TDA) officially rescinds the Pre-portioned Fruit Cup Crediting supplement released on May 14, 2013.

That supplement provided guidance that pre-portioned 4-ounce (by weight) fruit cups do not meet the volume requirements for ½ cup of fruit for the Child Nutrition Programs (CNPs) and that Contracting Entities (CEs) could not use manufacturer information stating pre-portioned 4 oz. fruit cups provide ½ cup of fruit.

Effective immediately, CNP operators should use the following guidance when crediting pre-portioned 4-ounce fruit cups based on the liquid in which the fruit is packaged:
    • 100% fruit juice: the amount of fruit combined with the amount of juice may credit. For example, a 4.0-ounce fruit cup packed in 100% fruit juice credits as a ½ cup of fruit.
    • Light syrup: only the weight of fruit may credit. To determine the weight of fruit, the CE must obtain a product formulation statement or conduct an in-house test in which the liquid is drained, and the remaining amount of fruit is measured.
    • Water: only the weight of fruit may credit. To determine the weight of fruit, the CE must obtain a product formulation statement or conduct an in-house test in which the liquid is drained, and the remaining amount of fruit is measured.

View the memo here. All subsequent updates to TDA’s guidance will be made in each program’s respective handbook located at SquareMeals.org.

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