National School Lunch Program

A bipartisan pair of U.S. Senators have introduced legislation banning the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) from including cell-cultivated meat products on its menu.

The NSLP is the federally assisted meal program in public and nonprofit private schools and residential childcare institutions. It serves more than 4,9 billion lunches annually

Continue Reading National school lunch program could be banned from serving lab-cultivated meat

The Fresh Produce Procurement Reform Act, legislation that would increase and improve USDA’s procurement of fresh fruits and vegetables, is now in the hopper with many supporters.

The bill would order USDA to partner with growers, distributors, and food hubs to provide fresh, U.S.-grown fruits and vegetables to community organizations

Continue Reading Bill calls for the USDA to buy more fresh produce from growers and distributors in U.S.

There’s good news for millions of children who participate in the program daily: The National School Lunch Program’s strict food safety standards work.

A study led by researchers from the University of Connecticut and the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that food safety standards for ground beef supplied to the
Continue Reading National School Lunch Program aces ground beef safety review 

Controversial federal legislation to limit funding for subsidized school lunches and change some of the program’s nutritional standards passed a House committee on a 20-14 vote May 18, and the proposal is being hammered by critics who believe it would endanger the health of American school children. kids-school-lunch-iphoneThe bill’s sponsor,
Continue Reading Legislation to revise school lunch program passes House committee

According to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report published last week, the ground beef supplied to school lunches contains “significantly less” Salmonella contamination than products sold on the commercial market. USDA’s Economic Research Service examined the impact of food-safety standards imposed by the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) on suppliers of
Continue Reading Ground Beef in School Lunches Meets Stricter Microbial Standards

A provision included in the $1.1-trillion spending bill Congress passed last week and which is now headed to the president’s desk prevents poultry processed in China from being used in the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Child and Adult Care Food Program and Summer Food Service Program (
Continue Reading Spending Bill Bans ‘Chinese Chicken’ From Federal Meal Programs