After a report that showed recalled food was being served in school cafeterias across New York state, Senator Gillibrand issued the "Safe Food for Schools Act," which will affect 31 million school children.
New York State Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced legislation that would require federal agencies to issue proper alerts to schools when food contaminations occur and recalls are issued, according to a press release from the Senator's office. The release stated that the Safe Food for Schools Act will be included in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act - the reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act. The legislation comes in response to a Government Accountability Office report that revealed food being pulled from grocery store shelves was still being served in school cafeterias. If passed, Senator Gillibrand's legislation would protect 31 million schoolchildren enrolled in the National School Lunch program.
"Parents should have confidence that the food their children are served at school is safe," Senator Gillibrand said in the release. "But schools aren't getting all the information they need from the federal government to keep our kids safe from tainted products. Food items that are being pulled from grocery store shelves across the country are still being served to millions of school children. If our children are going to succeed in the classroom, they need safe, healthy meals in the lunchroom."
In addition to passing the Safe Food for Schools Act in the Child Nutrition overhaul, Senator Gillibrand is fighting for legislation that would rid meals served through the School Lunch program of all trans fats. Any school that receives federal reimbursements would be required to remove food containing trans fat from the school. Schools would have a five-year window to implement the policy.
For more information, visit www.gillibrand.senate.gov.