Nutrition Services Division Information Alert
To: School Nutrition Program Sponsors
Attention: Superintendents, Food Service Directors, and Business Officials
|Date: July 2009|
|Subject: Full Compliance with Competitive Beverage Restrictions|
This Information Alert (IA) updates current competitive food and beverage restrictions in public, non-charter schools.
As of July 1, 2009, 100 percent of the beverages sold to students outside of the federally reimbursable meal program on a high school campus must comply with the restrictions set forth in California Education Code (EC) Section 49431.5(b).
Per EC Section 49430(c), a “‘[h]igh school’ means a public school maintaining any of grades 9 to 12, inclusive.”
Specifically, as of July 1, 2009, from one-half hour before through one-half hour after the school day the only beverages allowed for sale to students outside of the federally reimbursable meal program on a high school campus are:
- Fruit-based drinks that are composed of no less than 50 percent fruit juice and have no added sweetener
- Vegetable-based drinks that are composed of no less than 50 percent vegetable juice and have no added sweetener
- Drinking water with no added sweetener
- Two-percent-fat milk, one-percent-fat milk, nonfat milk, soy milk, rice milk, and other similar nondairy milk
- An electrolyte replacement beverage that contains no more than 42 grams of added sweetener per 20-ounce serving
Full compliance for competitive foods in all grades (EC sections 49431 and 49431.2) was effective July 1, 2007. Full compliance for competitive beverages in elementary and middle schools was effective January 1, 2006.
For additional information on competitive foods and beverages, please visit http://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/nu/he/compfoods.asp.
If you have questions regarding this IA, please contact Mike Danzik, Nutrition Education Specialist, Education and Nutrition Policy Unit, at 916-445-7346 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.