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More Milk Options Available For PA Schools

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HARRISBURG – Schools in Pennsylvania are being urged to take advantage of a federal regulation change that expands access to more milk choices for students. PA Department of Agriculture Executive Deputy Secretary Michael Smith encouraged schools to offer more milk options during breakfast and lunch services without needing to obtain a waiver. In May 2017, revised federal guidance allowed schools to request a waiver to serve 1% flavored milk in schools. That year, 244 school districts and 64 individual schools applied for and received waivers. Under new guidance for the 2018-2019 school year, low-fat flavored milk is now allowed without a waiver through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s interim final rule for Child Nutrition Programs. Smith urged schools to consider choosing Pennsylvania dairy producers and vendors.

MICHAEL SMITH

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