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USDA rolls back Obama-era school lunch requirements

XiXinXing/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture has followed through on Secretary Sonny Perdue's proclamation earier this year to loosen regulations on school lunches put in place during the administration of President Barack Obama.

The Agency published an interim rule in the Federal Register on Thursday that allows schools to offer one percent flavored milk to students, opt out of offering whole-grain products, and freeze sodium levels instead of further reducing them.

"Schools need flexibility in menu planning so they can serve nutritious and appealing meals," Perdue said. "It doesn't do any good to serve nutritious meals if they wind up in the trash can. These flexibilities give schools the locla control they need to provide nutritious meals that school children find appetizing."

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