(WASHINGTON) -- Congressman Jared Polis has introduced the SLICE ACT to counter a bill last fall that puts pizza in the category of a federally mandated vegetable serving in schools.
The Colorado Democrat disagrees with the notion that one-eighth cup of tomato paste, which is used in a slice of pizza, counts as one-half cup of vegetables, now considered an entire serving.
The School Lunch Improvements for Children’s Education (SLICE) Act promoted by Polis would force the U.S. Department of Agriculture to lower the standard of an eighth-cup of tomato paste, or about two tablespoons, to an eighth-cup of vegetables.
Polis doesn't believe the stuff is unhealthy. Rather, he just wants to stop large food makers from hawking pizza to school under the guise of tomato paste being counted as a vegetable.
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