Sunday, February 10, 2013
New rules proposed for food sold in schools

The Agriculture Department is proposing new nutritional rules that would apply to most all foods sold in schools.

The rules would apply to "a la carte" lines in school cafeterias, vending machines, snack bars and any other food sold regularly on campus.

It wouldn't apply to fundraisers, after-school concession stands, class parties or foods brought from home.

It's proposed that most every food sold in any school would be subject to fat, calorie, sugar and sodium limits.

Snack foods would have to be under 200 calories and must have some nutritional value under the proposed new rules.

Drinks would be limited to 12-ounce portions in middle schools and 8-ounce portions in elementary schools.

Some examples of what could be in and out under the rules, provided the items meet or don't meet all of the requirements, are listed in the box at right.