Dairy groups want expanded options in school meals
The National Milk Producers Federation and International Dairy Foods Association are calling on the USDA to update the next set of dietary guidelines to increase dairy options and include flavored milk and yogurt in school meals.
The groups cite a federal Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee report that found nearly 80 percent of 9- to 13-year-olds are not meeting the recommended intake of dairy foods and under consuming a variety of nutrients. They are also asking for dairy at all fat levels to be offered to students.
They point to a recent school meal study that found flavored milk was less likely to be wasted than unflavored fat-free or low-fat milk.