8/13/2013

The USDA has released new standards for food and beverages located in vending machines on school campuses. The "Smart Snacks in School" program aims to encourage students to make healthier snack and beverage choices, and has varied standards for elementary, middle and high schools. "We’re very pleased with the proposed rule because it looked a lot like the School Beverage Guidelines, and we just think that's highly unusual that something that the government would ultimately codify draws from a voluntary industry initiative, but because it’s a rigorous initiative, a common sense initiative, and it’s been so positively received by parents and communities and school leaders out there, it's one last chapter of the School Beverage Guidelines," said ABA President and Chief Executive Officer Susan Neely.

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