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Document Number: 5645

School Meal Programs: Competitive Foods Are Available in Many Schools; Actions Taken to Restrict Them Differ by State and Locality - This report formally conveys the results provided to Senate staff from a review of a variety of data sources on legislation, policies and studies that address competitive foods in schools. Competitive foods are those outside of school meals, such as a la carte lines in the cafeteria, snack shops, school stores, vending machines and other venues. The researchers found that current federal regulations restrict only a subset of competitive foods - foods of minimal nutritional value - from being sold during mealtimes in food service areas, and competitive foods are sold in a variety of locations on a majority of school campuses nationwide. Several states, school districts, and individual schools have enacted competitive foods policies that are more restrictive than federal regulations but these policies differ widely in the types of restrictions they apply. (U.S. General Accounting Office, April 2004)...

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