USDA allows more meat, grains in school lunches

January 3, 2014
In this Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, file photo, students pick up their lunch at Barre Town Elementary School in Barre Town, Vt. The Agriculture Department said Friday, Jan. 3, 2013, it's making permanent rules that allow schools to serve larger portions of lean meat and whole grains in school lunches and other meals. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)

(AP)—The Agriculture Department says it's making permanent rules that allow schools to serve larger portions of lean meat and whole grains in school lunches and other meals.

Guidelines restricting portion size were originally intended to combat , but many parents complained their kids weren't getting enough to eat. School administrators say that rules establishing maximums on grains and meats are too limiting and make it difficult to plan daily meals.

The department eliminated limits and on meats and grains on a temporary basis more than a year ago. On Thursday officials made the rule change permanent.

The change was announced by Kevin Concannon, an undersecretary for food, nutrition and consumer services.

He says the department has delivered on its promise to give school nutritionists more flexibility in meal planning.

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alfie_null
not rated yet Jan 03, 2014
Are hot dogs, as pictured, considered a "lean meat"?

The USDA should not be involved in making nutrition decisions.

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