ROCKY HILL, CT (May 16, 2014) – A chocolate milk ban is close to coming to Connecticut schools.
Lawmakers signed off on the bill and pushed it to Gov. Dannel Malloy’s desk for his signature.
They said it boils down to federal funding.
According to lawmakers, if they did not make the move, the state would not get money from the federal Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act.
It authorizes and sets policies for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s child nutrition programs, including school lunches.
Under the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, the only thing that can be served is low-fat unflavored milk and beverages with no artificial sweeteners, no added sodium and no more than four grams of sugar per ounce.
With high fructose corn syrup and 200 milligrams of sodium on the label, chocolate milk would not make the cut.
However, child nutrition experts were not on board.
“From a nutrient profile, you’re getting calcium, vitamin D, potassium, phosphorus and other nutrients,” Jill Castle, a registered dietitian nutritionist from New Canaan.
Castle went on to say that when chocolate milk was removed, overall milk consumption among children went down.
If he signs it, it would take effect July 1 and the changes would be seen during the next school year.