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The Impact of Recent IOM Reports. The New Meal Pattern: From Recommendations to Regulations . From Recommendations to Regulations. IOM Recommendations. USDA: Regulations. Healthy Meals & Snacks. From Recommendations to Regulations. First Phase.

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the impact of recent iom reports
The Impact of Recent IOM Reports

The New Meal Pattern: From Recommendations to Regulations

from recommendations to regulations
From Recommendations to Regulations





Healthy Meals & Snacks

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From Recommendations to Regulations
  • IOM makes science-based recommendations
  • USDA evaluates & translates recommendations to create proposed regulations:
      • Consistent with Program Structure
      • Enforceable
      • Practical
      • Financially Feasible
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From Recommendations to Regulations

Practical & Affordable:

Florida Juice Limit

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From Recommendations to Regulations

CACFP: Aligning Dietary Guidance for All

IOM November 2010

“If the recommended meal requirements are fully adopted, continued participation by most providers will require an increased reimbursement.”

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From Recommendations to Regulations


  • Consults Stakeholders
  • Evaluates Evidence
  • Conducts Research

From Recommendations to Regulations

USDA Issues Proposed Regulations for Public Comment


Child & Adult Care Food Program

New Meal Regulations Estimated Timeline

Summer: June 2012 or later.

Public comment period: 90 days.

Implementation could be phased in.

Timeline subject to change.

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From Recommendations to Regulations

Phase Two: Public Comment Activity


From Recommendations to Regulations

School Meals

Lessons Learned: Read the Fine Print to Avoid Sticker Shock

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Proposed School Meal Rule: Vegetables
  • Limited starchy vegetables (e.g., white potatoes, lima beans, corn, peas)
    • Breakfast: eliminated starchy vegetables
    • Lunch: limited starchy vegetable to 1 cup per week

Argument: Potatoes don’t make people overweight -- fried potatoes make people overweight


Honorary Congressional Co-hosts:

Senator Olympia J. Snowe • Senator Susan Collins

Senator Mark Udall

Rep. Collin C. Peterson • Rep. Jean Schmidt

This event is hosted by the National Potato Council


Congress Interferes with Regulatory Process

Congress steps in & prohibits USDA

from limiting any type of vegetable.

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Final School Meals Regulations


  • Removed the daily meat/meat alternate requirement at breakfast to reduce cost
  • Removed the proposed starchy vegetable restrictions to abide by Congressional prohibition
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From Recommendations to Regulations

Child & Adult Care Food Program

New Meal Regulations Estimated Timeline



Geraldine Henchy

Food Research & Action Center

1875 Connecticut Avenue NW Suite 540

Washington, DC 20009