This week, the US House of Representatives will examine the Child Nutrition Act recently passed by the Senate. If passed, the bill would give the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) authority to replace sugary sodas and junk food snacks sold in public school vending machines with healthy fruits and veggies, such as fresh bananas and edamame. Currently, the USDA can regulate nutrition standards for meals served in school cafeterias, but the bill would expand its authority to include regulation of foods sold in a la carte lines and vending machines. While specific modifications haven’t been announced, the USDA supports such healthful changes through its Healthier US Schools Challenge.
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