According to Food Chemical News, a Senate bill "stipulates that tomato paste used to make pizzas can be counted toward the weekly total of vegetable servings" for school lunches
Food Chemical News (FCN) reports that the USDA has sent its final rules on nutrition standards for school lunches and breakfasts to the Office of Management and Budget for approval. The final content of what was submitted is not known.
Several of the USDA's proposals for implementing these suggestions have elicited more than the usual level of fuss. The most controversial:
- Limits on starchy vegetables to two servings a week. As I noted recently, the Senate passed an amendment to the USDA's appropriations bill to block any restrictions on potatoes. Most observers think this means that unlimited potatoes will stay in the school meals.
- Preventing tomato paste on pizza from counting as a vegetable. According to FCN, language in the appropriations bill "also stipulates that tomato paste used to make pizzas can be counted toward the weekly total of vegetable servings."
Does the Senate think this can pass the laugh test?