Nutrition Requirements for Fluid Milk
Nutrition Services Division Management Bulletin
Purpose: Policy, Beneficial Information
To: School Nutrition Program Sponsors
Attention: Food Service Directors
Date: June 2016
Reference: U.S Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service Policy Memorandum SP 29-2011
Supersedes: USDA-SNP-07-2011: Nutrition Requirements for Fluid Milk
Subject: Nutrition Requirements for Fluid Milk
This Management Bulletin (MB) supersedes MB USDA-SNP-07-2011: Nutrition Requirements for Fluid Milk (June 2011) and provides clarification to National School Lunch and School Breakfast Program sponsors on the requirements for fluid milk.
On December 13, 2010, President Obama signed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA), reauthorizing the child nutrition programs. The HHFKA amended Section 9(a)(2)(A) of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act, modifying requirements for fluid milk. It removes the requirement that schools must serve milk in a variety of fat contents and instead requires that schools offer at least two milk choices from fat-free or low-fat (1 percent) fluid milk options.
The Institute of Medicine recommended this change to align the School Nutrition Programs with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
To comply with these requirements, school food authorities must offer at least two milk choices.
Pasteurized, fluid types of milk that meet state and local standards and contain vitamins A and D at levels specified by the Food and Drug Administration must be offered. All milk must be fat-free or low-fat. Milk with higher fat content is not allowed. Fat-free fluid milk may be flavored or unflavored, and low-fat fluid milk must be unflavored. Low-fat or fat-free, lactose-free, and reduced-lactose fluid milk may also be offered.
If you have any questions regarding this MB, please contact Lori Porter, Child Nutrition Consultant, Southern School Nutrition Programs Unit (SNPU) by phone at 916-322-1454 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Mia Bertacchi, Child Nutrition Assistant, Northern SNPU, by phone at 916-445-1261 or by e-mail at email@example.com.