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Information Alert: Competitive Beverages


Nutrition Services Division Information Alert

To: School Nutrition Program Sponsors

Number: NSD-SNP-06-2009

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:

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 mdanzik@cde.ca.gov.

Questions:   Nutrition Services Division | 800-952-5609
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