Arkansas Department of Education Frozen Fruit Products for School Meals

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Fiscal & Administrative Services
Regulatory Authority
The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, Public Law 111-296, USDA School Policy Memo SP-20-2012
Response Required
Co-op Directors; Superintendents; Child Nutrition Directors

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This memo is a reminder of the Nutrition Standards in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs final rule published January 26, 2012, requiring that frozen fruit served in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP) contain no added sugar beginning in the School Year (SY) 2012-13.   The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued Memo SP 20-2012 to inform School Food Authorities (SFAs)/Local Education Agencies (LEAs) that:    1.The new regulation allows for water (unsweetened) or juice only frozen fruit pack, and 2.     Provides State agencies and SFAs with time to use existing inventories, schools may continue to serve frozen fruit with added sugar in the NSLP for SY 2012-13.   This exemption is for School Year 2012-13 only and applies to products acquired through USDA Foods as well as those purchased commercially. Beginning July 1, 2013,all frozen fruit served in the NSLPmust contain no added sugars.   Please remember calorie levels are limited in menu planning with the new USDA Meal Pattern Calories are slightly affected by adding sugar to fruit for products designated in “light” syrup. It is strongly recommended districts sample the fruit in water or juice before purchasing to see which product students will more likely consume. Water packaging can affect the quality, taste, texture of the fruit.


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