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Weakening Child Nutrition Standards and Delaying Menu Labeling Requirements Drops the Ball on Food Policy Progress

Weakening Child Nutrition Standards and Delaying Menu Labeling Requirements Drops the Ball on Food Policy Progress

By | May 2nd, 2017 | FPA Blogs & News, Press Releases - Food Policy Action |


FPA tells Administration to stop giving in to corporate interests at the expense of America’s health WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 2, 2017)— Today, Food Policy Action (FPA) issued the following statement from acting Executive Director Willy Ritch expressing disappointment at the lack of follow-through by the USDA and FDA on bipartisan commitments to nutrition standards and…


FPA tells Administration to stop giving in to corporate interests at the expense of America’s health WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 2, 2017)— Today, Food Pol...

FPA tells Administration to stop giving in to corporate interests at the expense of America’s health

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 2, 2017)— Today, Food Policy Action (FPA) issued the following statement from acting Executive Director Willy Ritch expressing disappointment at the lack of follow-through by the USDA and FDA on bipartisan commitments to nutrition standards and menu labeling requirements:

“It was very disappointing to learn yesterday that the Administration is dragging its feet on child nutrition standards and menu labeling requirements. The USDA and FDA completely dropped the ball with these decisions. We understand needing flexibility, but these decisions roll back progress on nutrition that have bipartisan support. Kids need more healthy options and consumers need more transparency—not less healthy food and less transparency.

“Adding sugary milk, lowering whole grain nutrition standards and putting more sodium back on lunch trays in our schools is a big step backwards. And the FDA’s delay in menu labeling improvements puts corporate interests ahead of consumers and keeps consumers in the dark about the calories and ingredients in their food.

“These two decisions are concerning. We urge the Administration to stop giving into corporate interest at the expense of America’s health, and we ask Congress to stand up to help us prevent more rollbacks by the Administration on healthy food access.”

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