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Are nutrition standards for school meals too tough? Congress considers tweaks.


The School Nutrition Association (SNA), representing 55,000 school nutrition professionals, is leading the push to delay or tweak some of the standards. The group says many students who paid for meals are opting out, revenues are declining, produce costs are rising, and too many kids who are forced to take a fruit or vegetable with their meal are junking the healthier fare â sometimes defiantly tossing it into the trash before they even sit down.Representatives of more than a dozen groups, including the SNA, met Thursday in Washington to discuss the standards with Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Sam Kass, the top White House nutrition policy adviser and executive director of Letâs Move!, the kidsâ health campaign launched by Mrs. Obama.While the SNA supports many standards passed in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, it says some stringent rules are backfiring in some districts that havenât had enough time to find or create the right mix of products to satisfy kidsâ taste buds.

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