New Child Nutrition Bill Takes Important Steps on Food Safety

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Arizona PIRG

Today, the Improving Nutrition for America’s Children Act of 2010 was introduced in Washington, D.C.  This bill reauthorizes and expands funding for the Child Nutrition Act — proposing approximately $8 billion in additional funding over 10 years for child nutrition programs, including school breakfast and lunch. 

Arizona PIRG’s Executive Director Diane E. Brown had the following statement:

“The food on a lunch tray should be nutritious and safe.  Important provisions for food safety include improving the notification to schools in the event of food recalls, increasing inspections of cafeterias, and providing important information about food vendors to the schools.  Passage of  Improving Nutrition for America’s Children Act of 2010, which contains these measures, can go a long way toward ensuring that food on a school lunch tray does not expose our children to food borne illnesses.”