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Faso Highlights New USDA Rule Allowing Flavored Milk in Schools
New York Ag Connection - 04/13/2018

Congressman John Faso (R-NY) highlighted the upcoming implementation date of a rule published by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service that will give schools flexibility in menu planning by allowing for flavored, low-fat milk to be served to students. Dairy product consumption is linked to improved bone health and is especially important during childhood and adolescence, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Schools will not need to seek a waiver to offer the new choice.

Faso sent a letter to school superintendents in the 19th district to inform them of the upcoming rule change.

"Low-fat milk, including flavored milk, is an important part of a child's diet and we should do what we can to promote consumption of this nutritious option," said Faso. "I'm glad the USDA is moving ahead with implementing the rule and giving Upstate schools more flexibility in providing healthy choices."

The milk offering is covered as part of the National School Lunch Program, Special Milk Programs for Children, School Breakfast Program, and the Child and Adult Care Food Program.

In late April 2017, Congressman Faso led a letter to Secretary Perdue urging the Department to provide schools with more flexibility in offering flavored milk as part of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP).

Additionally, Faso serves as a co-sponsor of the bipartisan H.R. 4101 -- the School Milk Nutrition Act of 2017, legislation that would allow schools to offer low-fat flavored milk.

In November, Faso and local dairy officials highlighted the announcement of the upcoming rule change.

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