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Bill to Allow Schools to Serve Whole Milk to Kids
USAgNet - 06/14/2019

U.S. Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin is joining Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania in proposing legislation that would roll back an Obama-era rule that restricted school districts from serving flavored and unflavored whole milk and two percent milk.

The lawmakers call their measure the MILK Act, which stands for 'Milk in Lunches for Kids.'

"Overregulation has limited the healthy varieties of milk schools can serve students," Johnson said. "Since these regulations went into place, milk consumption has notably declined in schools across the country. Greater choice allows schools and students to make the best choice for them."

In 2010, Congress passed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act which amended nutrition standards in the School Lunch Program and limited school's unflavored milk options to skim and one percent and limited the flavored milk options to only skim milk. But last year, the USDA announced a rule that allowed schools to also serve flavored one percent milk to students.

Johnson says his bill would also require the secretary of agriculture to revise regulations to exclude milk fat from the cap on saturated fat in school lunches.

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