Food And Beverage Makers Sign On To School Food Plan

03.19.10 | FL News Team

A proposal to let the U.S. Agriculture Department set nutrition standards for all food sold on school grounds is winning support from four major food and beverage makers. Coca-Cola, Nestle, PepsiCo and Mars are giving the plan a thumbs up. Against the proposal is the National School Boards Association which says Congress should let local school districts decide what can and can not be sold to students.

 Current law bans the sale of sugar and fat laden junk foods in school lunchrooms but there's no control over items sold in school stores, snack bars or vending machines. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Blanche Lincoln called the bill, which will come up for a Senate Agriculture Committee vote next week "an historic opportunity." She called the list of food currently banned that includes gum and flavored ices outdated.