Ga. Considers Exemptions to School Food Standards

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Updated: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 05:08:24 EST

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia officials who call new federal nutrition standards an overreach want to give schools plenty of opportunities to sell sweet or savory treats during fundraisers.

The state's Board of Education has proposed up to 30 exemption days per school every year. That would allow school or student organizations to sell foods that don't meet federal guidelines championed by First Lady Michelle Obama and passed in 2010.

Schools already have begun serving lunches with more whole grains, fruits and vegetables and limited amounts of sugar, fat and salt.

The Georgia proposal is up for public comment for 30 days. Some Georgia school officials say they support more healthy foods in schools but depend on selling candy bars or fast food to raise money for clubs, sports and other programs.

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