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March 14, 2013
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  • Which snack foods could be banned from schools?
    Newly proposed regulations from the U.S. Department of Agriculture could ban the sale of some snack foods in schools, including Rice Krispies, Fruit Roll-Ups and Doritos, Wall Street Journal lead writer Jacob Gershman writes in this blog post. What seems to matter most for snack foods are the first two ingredients and whether an item has been fortified with vitamins, he notes, explaining that Rice Krispies may be out because rice is not a whole grain or vegetable. Baked Lays may pass muster since potatoes are a vegetable, he writes. The Wall Street Journal/Law Blog (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  School Update 
 
  • Top chefs join forces to promote school meals
    Food Network chef Anne Burrell and Iron Chef Jose Garces competed last week in the Great American School Lunch Challenge, in which they were asked to prepare school meals -- adhering to a budget and nutritional standards. Before the competition, at a Texas school, both chefs spoke about the importance of school meals. Garces made chicken and black bean chilaquile, pan-roasted sweet potatoes and a pear cup with graham topping, while Burrell prepared roast chicken and veggie burritos, as well as peach cornbread with whipped vanilla yogurt. U.S. News & World Report (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • Other News
Taste the New Standards: 11 New Poultry Products
New regulations for school meal patterns mean new challenges. Fortunately, for Tyson it means an opportunity to develop new products. Tyson Foods has made it easier for you to deliver nutritious, yummy products that meet and exceed government guidelines starting now with 11 new chopped and formed poultry products that are Kid Tested Kid Approved®!
  Nutrition & Wellness 
  • Almond flour is safe alternative for gluten-free diners
    After learning she had celiac disease more than 50 years ago, Colleen Sherratt and her husband, Lowell, began a mission to provide gluten-free products through their business, Honeyville Grain. One of their most popular products, almond flour, is versatile and provides a significant source of nutrients. "Sales growth remains hot," said Chris Ondatje, vice president of Honeyville's e-commerce division. "It's so sought after that we're constantly fighting to stay ahead of the demand curve." The Salt Lake Tribune (Utah) (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Trends & Research 
  • Study: Label colors alter perception
    In a study, students who were shown candy bars with green calorie labels believed the candy bars were more healthful than bars with red labels containing the same information. Study author Jonathon Schuldt said that "these findings suggest that the design and color of the labels may deserve as much attention as the nutritional information they convey." Food Business Review (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Miss. lawmakers pass bill to ban local nutrition ordinances
    The Mississippi Legislature approved a bill to ban local governments from enacting ordinances that restrict portion sizes, require nutritional information or prohibit toys in meals for children. Supporters said they do not want municipalities to follow the lead of New York City, but opponents said local governments need the ability to fight obesity. FoxNews.com/The Associated Press (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  SNA News 
  • Online registration now open for ANC 2013 in Kansas City
    Registration is now open for SNA's 2013 Annual National Conference (ANC), which will be held July 14 to 17, in the "Heart of the Nation," Kansas City, Mo. The event will once again bring together the school nutrition community for four days of informative and inspiring sessions, countless exhibits and unmatched networking opportunities, helping you get connected to the ideas and solutions you need to benefit your career, your program and your students. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • Apply today for the ANC First Timer Scholarship
    Did you know that since 2003, the School Nutrition Foundation has awarded over $170,000 in scholarships to assist SNA members attending the Annual National Conference for the first time? If you would like to attend the conference for the first time this July but need help covering registration and travel expenses, consider applying to receive one of the $500 scholarships. The deadline to apply is May 10, 2013. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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