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Formulated Grain Fruit Products


Nutrition Services Division Management Bulletin

Purpose: Policy, Beneficial Information

To: School Nutrition Program Sponsors

Number: USDA-SNP-31-2012

Attention: Food Service Directors

Date: July 2012

Subject: Formulated Grain Fruit Products

Reference: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service, Policy Memo SP 26-2012

This Management Bulletin (MB) notifies School Breakfast Program (SBP) sponsors that beginning July 1, 2012, Formulated Grain Fruit (FGF) products can no longer satisfy both the grain and fruit components.

Background

The final rule, “Nutrition Standards for the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs,” removes Section I. Formulated Grain-Fruit Products from Title 7, Code of Federal Regulations (7 CFR), Part 220, Appendix A – Alternate Foods for Meals. FGF products were formulated to satisfy both the bread and fruit requirements through fortification, at a time when the adequacy of cooking and serving facilities were of concern for students participating in the SBP.

Appendix A to 7 CFR Part 220 is available as an attachment to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Policy Memo SP 26-2012, which can be found on the USDA Food and Nutrition Service School Meals Policy Memos Web page at http://www.fns.usda.gov/school-meals/policy.

Previously approved FGF products met one bread/bread alternate and the fruit/vegetable requirement in the breakfast meal pattern. All FGF products had the following statement on the label:

“This product conforms to USDA Child Nutrition Programs specification. For breakfast, it meets the requirements for fruit/vegetable/juice and one bread/bread alternate.”

Guidance on FGF Products

The following are updated requirements for using FGF products:

  • The product must contain the USDA approved statement on the label.
  • The product can no longer contribute toward the fruit requirement.
  • The product may be used to contribute toward the grain/bread requirement, as specified in Exhibit A of the Food Buying Guide (FBG) for Child Nutrition Programs (page 3–15,16 of the FBG).

Please be aware that FGF products do not include energy bars, granola bars, cereal bars, breakfast bars, fortified cereals, or cereals with fruit.

For additional information on the new meal pattern grain requirements, please see MB USDA-SNP-28-2012 entitled Grain Requirements for the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. You can view this MB on the California Department of Education School Nutrition Programs Management Bulletins Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/nu/sn/mb.asp.

Contact Information

If you have questions regarding this MB, please contact Ashley Osterman, Child Nutrition Consultant (CNC), Northern School Nutrition Programs Unit (SNPU), by phone at 916-445-1261 or by email at aosterman@cde.ca.gov, or Lori Porter, CNC, Southern SNPU, by phone at 916-322-1454 or by e-mail at lporter@cde.ca.gov.

Questions:   Nutrition Services Division | 800-952-5609
Last Reviewed: Friday, May 3, 2019
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