USDA Moving to Ban Juice and Cookies in Day Cares
If the U.S. Department of Agriculture has its way, first lady Michelle Obama's vision for what Americans should be eating will affect more federal programs.
The department is seeking to overhaul rules related to the Child and Adult Care Food Program, a program similar to the National School Lunch Program, except for day care providers.
Day care centers are eligible for reimbursements from the federal government, provided there is compliance with their rules. The USDA wants more vegetables and less sugar served to children and adults in day care centers.
Grain based desserts, such as cookies and cakes, would no longer be reimbursable, and children younger than 1 would no longer be offered juice.
Facilities that deep fry food on site could no longer participate in the program. Prepackaged fried foods like chicken nuggets, would be allowable, so long as they are served infrequently.