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Shelf-Stable, Dried Snacks in CNP


Nutrition Services Division Management Bulletin

Purpose: Policy, Beneficial Information

To: School Nutrition Program Sponsors, Child and Adult Food Program Agencies, Summer Food Service Sponsors

Number: USDA-CNP-06-2011

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.

Non-Creditable Snacks

Meat, poultry, and seafood snacks that are not creditable under the USDA’s CN programs include, but are not limited to:

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.

Creditable Snacks

The following meat and poultry snack products may be used in the CN programs with USDA authorized CN labels or company certified PFS:

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 senright@cde.ca.gov.

Questions:   Nutrition Services Division | 800-952-5609
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