A proposed rule announced today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture would continue the historic progress of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act by, for the first time, limiting added sugars in school meals. School meal nutrition standards are based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which recommends limiting added sugars intake to less than 10 percent of calories per day. School meals will be required to meet this limit by the 2027-2028 school year.
Fifteen public health and consumer organizations are calling on the federal government to disclose potential financial conflicts of interest, including sources of research funding, speakers’ fees, and other relationships, for the women and men who will inform the next version of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
This Conference is an opportunity to address hunger, food system inequities, chronic disease, and health together, and to modernize and enhance our food system. It is a chance to build our food environment into one that ensures access to a healthy diet for all residents of the United States.
CSPI submitted these comments to the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services in response to the proposed scientific questions to be examined to develop the 2025-2030 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
CSPI submits these comments in response to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s “Child Nutrition Programs: Transitional Standards for Milk, Whole Grains, and Sodium” final rule (87 FR 6984), which will provide necessary flexibility to schools for SY 2022-2023 and SY 2023-2024 as they respond to and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. CSPI urges the USDA to align school meals with the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, particularly with respect to added sugars, sodium, and whole grains in the rulemaking expected later this year.