Published Online: March 6, 2012
Published in Print: March 7, 2012, as Federal Rules Ban Sweetened Fruit

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Federal Rules Ban Sweetened Fruit

Schools cannot serve frozen fruit with added sugar under the new federal rules on school breakfasts and lunches, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in a memo late last month. Schools can only serve frozen fruit packed in water or juice.

That could prove a challenge for schools, the agency said, because most of the frozen strawberries, peaches, and apricots the USDA purchases in bulk for use in school meals now contain added sugars.

As a concession, schools will be able to serve frozen fruit with added sugar through the 2012-13 school year, although many of the other new requirements for school meals begin that year.

Vol. 31, Issue 23, Page 4

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