Marino Lauds More Choices for School Milk

Statement

Date: Dec. 20, 2018
Location: Washington, DC

Congressman Marino issued the following statement after the Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a finalized rule that would allow schools to offer flavored milk.

The rule, Child Nutrition Programs: Flexibilities for Milk, Whole Grains, and Sodium Requirements, provides the option to offer flavored, low-fat milk to children participating in school meal programs, and to participants ages 6 and older in the Special Milk Program for Children and the Child and Adult Care Food Program.

Milk consumption in schools has declined exponentially since the passing of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. Because of this law's decrease in choice and milk consumption, Congressman Marino introduced H.R. 5640, WHOLE MILK Act. The WHOLE MILK Act would allow local school nutrition specialists the option of offering whole milk to students if they determine it is best for the health of the children in their schools.

Congressman Marino issued the following statement:

"USDA's finalization of this rule is the first commonsense step we've seen in school nutrition over the last 8 years; I applaud Secretary Purdue for his leadership. This rule will facilitate the consumption of nutritious varieties of milk by providing more choice for our students. This action is a big step forward but there is still much to do.

Over the last few years, certain members of Congress have been playing politics with our children's nutrition and the livelihoods of our dairy farmers to protect legacy legislation that has failed to do what it promised. The latest peer-reviewed science corroborates the need for higher fat content in our children's diets and there is no better way to consume that fat than through the consumption of whole milk.

As we move forward with the upcoming review of nutrition standards and our dietary guidelines, I look forward to working with my colleagues to ensure that we put politics aside and use the best-available science in decisions regarding childhood nutrition and allow whole milk back into our schools."


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