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Crediting of Corn Meal and Corn Flour


Nutrition Services Division Management Bulletin

Purpose: Policy, Beneficial Information

To: All Child Nutrition Program Sponsors

Number: USDA-CNP-01-2008

Attention: Food Service Directors, Food Service Managers

Date: February 2008

Subject: Crediting of Corn Meal (Cornmeal) and Corn Flour for Grains/Breads Component in Food-Based Menu Planning

Reference: United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service, Policy Memo TA 01-2008; December 11, 2007

This Management Bulletin (MB) transmits current information from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for the purpose of crediting corn meal and corn flour as a grain/bread component for Food-Based Menu Planning in all Child Nutrition Programs.

On February 17, 2006, the United States Food and Drug Administration published draft guidance entitled Whole Grain Label Statements; this guidance clarified the standards of identity for corn meal and corn flour, indicating that these products should no longer be considered whole grains for the Child Nutrition Programs.

Beginning July 1, 2008, in order to be credited towards meeting meal pattern requirements, corn must be labeled as:

  1. “Whole corn” (or other “whole” corn designations, such as whole grain corn, whole ground corn, whole cornmeal, whole corn flour, etc.), or
  2. “Enriched” corn (or other “enriched” corn designations, such as enriched yellow cornmeal, enriched corn flour, enriched corn grits, etc.).

Child Nutrition Programs are encouraged to implement this requirement as soon as possible but no later than July 1, 2008. Please reference the USDA memorandum on the reverse of this page for more detailed information.

If you have any questions regarding this MB, please contact the appropriate SNP specialist listed on form Caseload SNP in the Download Forms section of the Child Nutrition Information and Payment System. You may also contact the SNP Unit Secretary by phone at 916-322-1450 or 800-952-5609.


Content of USDA Memo TA 01-2008

Memo Code: TA 01-2008

Date: December 11, 2007

Subject: Crediting of Corn Meal (Cornmeal) and Corn Flour for Grains/Breads Component

To: Special Nutrition Programs, All Regions

State Agencies
Child Nutrition Programs
All States

To be credited as a grains/breads component for Food-Based Menu Planning approaches for all Child Nutrition Programs (including schools, child and adult care, and summer programs), grain products must be enriched or whole-grain, or made from enriched or whole-grain meal and/or flour. Bran and germ are credited the same as enriched or whole-grain meal or flour.

For a number of years, the Child Nutrition Programs allowed corn meal (cornmeal) and corn flour to be counted as a whole grain for crediting grains/breads. This is because the standard of identity for "corn meal" and "corn flour" was interpreted as yielding a whole grain.

On February 17, 2006, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration published a draft guidance entitled Whole Grain Label Statements that contained the following statement:

Degerminated and bolted cornmeals should not be considered whole grain products because germ or bran has been removed during processing. Because the rest of the meal (flour) standards allow removal of some of the hull, these also should not be considered whole grain products.

This clarification by FDA of the standards of identity for "corn meal" and "corn flour" indicates that these products should no longer be considered as whole grains for the Child Nutrition Programs.

Therefore, beginning July 1, 2008, to be credited toward meeting meal pattern requirements, corn must be labeled as…

  1. "whole corn" (or other "whole" corn designations, such as whole grain corn, whole ground corn, whole cornmeal, whole corn flour, etc.), or
  2. "enriched" corn (or other "enriched" corn designations, such as enriched yellow cornmeal, enriched corn flour, enriched corn grits, etc.).

Child Nutrition Programs are encouraged to implement this requirement as soon as possible, but no later than July 1, 2008, to ensure that students receive more nutritious grains/breads products.

(Signed by Stanley C. Garnett)
Stanley C. Garnett
Director
Child Nutrition Division

Questions:   Nutrition Services Division | 800-952-5609
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