Nutrition Services Division Management Bulletin
|Purpose: Policy, Beneficial Information|
To: School Nutrition Program Sponsors, Child and Adult Food Program Agencies, Summer Food Service Sponsors
Attention: Food Service/Program Directors
Date: September 2011
Subject: Shelf-Stable, Dried Snacks in Child Nutrition Programs
|Reference: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service, Policy Memo TA 05-2011|
This Management Bulletin (MB) reminds School Nutrition Program sponsors, Summer Food Service Program sponsors, and Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) agencies that shelf-stable, dry, or semi-dried snacks made from meat, poultry, or seafood are not creditable under the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Child Nutrition (CN) Programs.
Shelf-stable dried meat, poultry, and seafood snacks do not meet the requirements for the meat/meat alternate component in any meal using the Food-based Menu Planning Option or CACFP meal patterns.
Meat, poultry, and seafood snacks that are not creditable under the USDA’s CN programs include, but are not limited to:
- Smoked snack sticks made with beef and chicken
- Summer sausage
- Pepperoni sticks
- Meat, poultry, or seafood jerky
- Meat or poultry nuggets such as turkey nuggets
In addition, the above snacks do not qualify for the CN labeling program, and company certified product formulation statements (PFS) should not be accepted for these products.
The following meat and poultry snack products may be used in the CN programs with USDA authorized CN labels or company certified PFS:
- Cooked, cured meat and/or poultry sausages that do not contain byproducts, cereals, binders, or extenders are creditable. Examples of these include bologna, frankfurters, knockwurst, and Vienna sausage as listed in the Food Buying Guide for Child Nutrition Programs under the Meat/Meat Alternates Section. The Food Buying Guide can be viewed at the USDA Library Resource Web page at http://www.fns.usda.gov/tn/Resources/foodbuyingguide.html.
- Finger-food types of shelf-stable sticks, which are usually packed in water and made without byproducts, cereals, binders, or extenders are creditable. An example of this is chicken sticks packed in water.
- Extended meat or poultry products which are usually breaded and either frozen or refrigerated are creditable.
- Dried pepperoni as a topping on a CN labeled pizza would be creditable. Please note that dried pepperoni alone is not creditable under the CN programs.
If you have any questions regarding this MB, please contact Stephanie Enright, Child Nutrition Consultant in the School Nutrition Programs Unit, by phone at 916-323-0122 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.