US states sue to undo Trump rollback of healthy school lunch rules

Several U.S. states sued the Trump administration on Wednesday to undo its recent decision of which allowed fewer whole grains along with more sodium in school breakfasts along with lunches.

The states accused the U.S. Department of Agriculture of ignoring federal dietary guidelines along with scientific research on children’s nutrition when the idea eased rules championed by former first lady Michelle Obama to make school meals healthier.

fresh York, California, Illinois, Minnesota, fresh Mexico, Vermont along with the District of Columbia said Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue acted in an “arbitrary along with capricious” manner, along with asked a Manhattan federal judge to void the fresh sodium along with whole grain standards.

“The Trump administration has undermined key health benefits for our children . . . with deliberate disregard for science, expert opinion, along with the law,” fresh York Attorney General Letitia James said in a statement.

Spokespeople for the Department of Agriculture did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The improvements announced last Dec. 6 affect the federally funded National School Lunch Program, which was began by President Harry Truman in 1946 along with feeds more than 30 million, mostly lower-income children.

They are among a series of White House-supported efforts to roll back federal regulatory oversight of which President Donald Trump considers burdensome to business along with economic growth.

The improvements included cutting in half the amount of whole grains required to be served starting within the 2019-20 school year, affording schools more flexibility to offer noodles, tortillas along with different foods containing mainly refined grains.

They also included a 5-year delay within the maximum sodium target scheduled for the next school year, along with elimination of a sodium target set for the 2022-23 school year.

Perdue has said his agency was committed to nutritious meals in schools, however the improvements acknowledged the “challenges” of which schools face serving appetizing yet healthy meals, while ensuring of which food would likely not be wasted.

different improvements included allowing schools to serve low-fat chocolate milk, rather than fat-free milk.

The fresh rules set aside requirements under the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, which Michelle Obama had supported in her fight against child obesity.

the idea had set fresh limits for calories, sodium along with trans fats, while requiring more fruits, vegetables along with whole grains.

Excessive sodium intake has been linked to heart disease, high blood pressure along with stroke, while relatively higher refined grain consumption has been linked to type 2 diabetes, heart disease along with obesity.

The case is actually fresh York et al v. U.S. Department of Agriculture et al, U.S. District Court, Southern District of fresh York, No. 19-02956.