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Frozen Fruit Products and Nutrition Standards


Nutrition Services Division Management Bulletin
Purpose: Policy, Beneficial Information

To: Food Distribution Program Recipient Agencies

Number: USDA-FDP-04-2013

Attention: Food Service Directors

Date: August 2013

Subject: Frozen Fruit Products and Nutrition Standards in the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs

Reference: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service Policy Memo SP 49-2013: Frozen Fruit Products in the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs
http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/governance/policy.htm

Supersedes: Management Bulletin USDA-FDP-09-2012

This Management Bulletin (MB) notifies Food Distribution Program (FDP) Recipient Agencies (RA) that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently issued Policy Memo SP 49-2013: Frozen Fruit Products and Nutrition Standards in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP).

On January 26, 2012, the USDA published the final rule, which requires that frozen fruit served in the NSLP contain no added sugar beginning in School Year (SY) 2012–13. Since 2009, the USDA has reduced the amount of added sugars in packing media for frozen fruits offered to states, though most of the frozen strawberries, peaches, and apricots currently offered by the USDA contain added sugars. The new regulation allows for a water (unsweetened) or juice-only frozen fruit pack.

However, to provide RAs with time to use existing inventories and to recognize the time needed for industry to reformulate and pack new frozen fruit products, schools may continue to serve frozen fruit with added sugar in the NSLP and SBP through SY 2014–15. This exemption applies to products acquired through the FDP, as well as those purchased commercially.

The USDA currently offers unsweetened frozen fruits and encourages RAs to order those products. Additionally, the USDA is continuing to work with industry to offer frozen fruits through USDA Foods that will be unsweetened or juice pack products for RAs to order in future years.  

If you have any questions regarding this MB, please contact Amy Bell, Child Nutrition Consultant, by phone at 916-322-5051 or 800-952-5609, or by e-mail at abell@cde.ca.gov; or Sherry Tam, Child Nutrition Consultant, by phone at 916-324-9875 or 800-952-5609, or by e-mail at stam@cde.ca.gov.

Questions:   Nutrition Services Division | 800-952-5609
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