Approved School Nutrition Rules Cut Out Junk Food, Soda
BOSTON (AP) – Massachusetts public health regulators have approved regulations to limit the sale of sugary soft drinks, salty and calorie-packed snacks, and even white bread sandwiches from public schools.
The rules approved yesterday are a response to concerns about overweight students. The rules would apply to a la carte lines, snack shops, and vending machines, but not to the main cafeteria line.
They would apply during the school day and a half-hour before and after classes.
WBZ-TV’s Peg Rusconi reports.
The rules need the approval of the state Public Health Council, an appointed panel of doctors and experts, which is expected to consider them at a spring meeting. They would take effect in 2012.
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