The US Division of Agriculture (USDA) introduced Friday that it’ll implement new diet requirements for varsity lunches for the 2022-2023 faculty 12 months.
The brand new rules, which have been final up to date in 2012, are set to be adopted for at the very least the following two years. The modifications embody updates to the milk, complete grain and sodium faculty meal necessities—whereas all different classes, reminiscent of vegatables and fruits, will stay the identical because the 2012 necessities. The USDA appeared to the newest Dietary Pointers for Individuals when making its required updates to high school diet requirements.
In line with a USDA press launch, colleges have been “largely profitable” when implementing the rule of thumb modifications in 2012. This 12 months, nevertheless, pandemic-related provide chain challenges and delayed implementation of the brand new rules might trigger colleges to be unable to instantly meet the brand new necessities. However the USDA considers at present’s announcement a possibility “permitting them to step by step transition from the extraordinary circumstances attributable to the pandemic to regular program operations and meal requirements which might be according to the newest diet science.”
The precise parameters of the brand new tips state that colleges might provide one-percent flavored milk along with non-fat and low-fat unflavored milk choices; at the very least 80 % of the grains served in each breakfast and lunches have to be complete grain-rich choices; and whereas sodium allotments in breakfasts and lunches will stay the identical because the 2012 tips within the 2022-2023 faculty 12 months, that quantity shall be decreased by 10 % within the 2023-2024 faculty 12 months, for varsity lunches solely.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack stated within the launch that analysis reveals faculty kids obtain the healthiest meals of their day in school, including, “the requirements we’re setting up for the following two faculty years will assist colleges transition to a future that builds on the super strides they’ve made enhancing faculty meal diet over the previous decade.”
Within the press launch, the USDA additionally introduced a plan to “subject a proposed rule in fall 2022 that strikes towards updating diet requirements for the long run.”