Vending Machines in Kentucky Schools

For those who are concerned about junk food in schools, you may be interested in the following legislation:
KY SB 172

Among other things, would prohibit each school from preparing or serving deep-fried foods in the cafeteria during the school day and would limit access to no more than one day each week to retail fast foods in the cafeteria. It would also require the board of education to promulgate an administrative regulation to specify the minimum nutritional standards for all foods and beverages sold outside of the national school lunch and breakfast programs, whether in vending machines, canteens, or a la carte. The standards would have to be based on the USDA dietary guidelines and the regulation would be required to address serving size, and sugar and fat content. It would also restrict access to competitive foods from the time of the first students arrival at the school building until 30 minutes after the last lunch period. Would only allow school-day-appropriate beverages to be sold in elementary school during the school day in vending machines, school stores, canteens or fundraisers that sell beverages by students, teachers, or groups. School-day-appropriate means 100 percent fruit juice, low fat milk and any beverage that contains no more than 10 grams of sugar per serving.

Uh-huh. Yah, I’m sure this is being followed right now.

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