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Capitol Health Call
November 14, 2012

Meal Programs Questioned

JAMA. 2012;308(18):1849. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.33468

The ranking member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, Sen Pat Roberts (R, Kan), has asked the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) for its justification of the new nutrition guidelines for the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs.

Roberts said he was compelled to write the USDA following considerable public outcry over the implementation of the new nutrition guidelines as required by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, which went into effect March 26, 2012. The law increases the availability of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free and low-fat milk in school meals and aims to meet the nutritional needs of schoolchildren.