New School Lunch Nutrition Standards Announced

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced new nutrition standards that limit added sugars and sodium in children’s school meals. The change will gradually phase in added sugar limits for the school lunch and breakfast program and update total sugar limits for breakfast cereals and yogurt. Program operators are not required to make any changes to their menus as a result of this rulemaking until school year 2025-26 at the earliest. As diet directly affects oral health, limiting added sugars can improve the oral health of children and youth.

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