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House Education and Labor Committee approves inclusion of frozen fruit in snack program.

The House Education and Labor Committee passed its version of the child nutrition reauthorization bill, Improving Nutrition for America's Children Act (H.R. 5504), on July 15. The bill includes an AFFI supported amendment that would expand the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Snack Program (FFVSP) to include frozen fruits containing no added sugar. The bipartisan amendment, sponsored by Reps. David Wu (D-Ore.) and Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), was approved by a unanimous voice vote.

As adopted by the House Education and Labor Committee, frozen fruits would be eligible for inclusion in the FFVSP, which is currently funded at $1.2 billion over 10 years.

The next step for the legislation is floor consideration by the entire House of Representatives. Before final passage, the House will need to find a way to pay for the overall legislation in order to comply with House "pay-go" rules. The Senate unanimously approved its $4.5 billion child nutrition bill before adjourning for summer home work period.

Federal child nutrition programs are due for reauthorization this year.

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Title Annotation:AFFI's Washington Watch
Publication:Frozen Food Digest
Date:Oct 1, 2010
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