(NECN) - The Department of Public Health (DPH) announced Thursday it will pass emergency amendments to regulations that will eliminate provisions in the Nutritional Standards for Competitive Foods in Schools that pertain to foods and beverages in classroom and school-sponsored events and fundraising activities such as bake sales.
The emergency amendments will be presented to the Public Health Council at its June meeting, and would go into effect along with the rest of the School Nutrition regulations as planned on August 1, 2012.
“The School Nutrition standards have always been about reducing childhood obesity in Massachusetts and protecting our kids from the serious long-term health impacts that obesity can cause,” said DPH Commissioner John Auerbach. “At the direction of Governor Patrick, the Department will seek to remove these provisions. We hope to return the focus to how we can work together to make our schools healthy environments in which our children can thrive.”
The School Nutrition Standards will continue to apply to all foods and beverages offered as a la carte items in cafeterias and vending machines in public schools.
The standards apply to the school day itself and the 30 minutes directly prior to and following the school day.
The state Legislature required the Department of Public Health to establish standards for foods and beverages sold or provided in public schools during the school day, as part of the “Act Relative to School Nutrition,” which was passed in July, 2010.