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House legislation proposes returning whole milk to schools

A bipartisan bill introduced in the U.S. House would allow schools to serve whole milk in their nutrition programs. 

It’s a move supported by the National Milk Producers Federation and the International Dairy Foods Association.  IDFA President Michael Dykes says it would let schools have the flexibility to offer the same types of milk that children and teens enjoy at home, and provide expanded milk options to help ensure students get the nutrients that milk uniquely provides, including calcium, vitamin D and potassium.

The two dairy groups say recent research supports adding whole milk to school menus to provide important nutritional benefits for children.

The bill is from Minnesota Democrat and Ag Committee Chairman Collin Peterson and Pennsylvania Republican Glenn Thompson, who is also on the Ag Committee.  So far, there are eight other co-sponsors including Ranking Ag Committee Member Mike Conaway.

This past weekend, Wisconsin Farmers Union delegates also voted to support serving whole milk in school nutrition programs.

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