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Law limits number of school bake sales

New regulations in several states puts restrictions on baked sales and fundraisers involving high-caloric, sugary foods.

It originates from the 2010 Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act supported by First Lady Michelle Obama and her "Let's Move!" campaign.

In accordance with the law, the US Department of Agriculture set standards for all food and beverages sold during the school day.

It went into effect in July and includes school lunches, but also vending machines and snack carts.

Additionally, states can extend the guidelines to daytime fundraisers, like bake sales. 

The act allows states flexibility to have some fundraisers with foods that do not meet the standards.

"For some districts, this will be a huge change," Julia Bauscher, president of the School Nutrition Association and director of school and community nutrition services at Jefferson County Public School in Louisville, Ky, tells the Wall Street Journal.  "There's a lot of fear among school food directors that we will have to be the food police."

Georgia's State Board of Education Chair Helen Rice and State School Superintendent John Barge called the federal guidelines "an absolute overreach" of the government.

"Tough economic times have translated into fewer resources and these fundraisers allow our schools to raise a considerable amount of money for very worthwhile education programs," they said in a statement last month.

Much of the law relies on the implementation at the local level.

 
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