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Legislative Update – Fall 2017

H.R. 3323 – Nutrition Education Act

This bill is an amendment to the Richard B. Russell School Lunch Act and aims to require local educational agencies that participate in a school lunch or breakfast program to require each student to receive 50 hours of nutrition education per school year. The instruction must meet certain standards in regard to content, ensuring it is consistent with school meal program requirements.

  • Introduced in House 7/20/2017
  • Latest Action: 7/20/2017 - Referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce

 

H.R 2587 – Medical Nutrition Equity Act of 2017

This bill intends to provide coverage for medically necessary food and vitamins for digestive and inherited metabolic disorders under federal health programs and private health insurance. Medically necessary food is often expensive and not uniformly reimbursed by health insurance, resulting in many patients suffering adverse health consequences from suboptimal disease management.

  • Introduced in House 5/22/2017
  • Latest Action: 6/16/2017 – Referred to the Subcommittee on Military Personnel

 

H.R. 772 – Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act of 2017

This bill, an amendment to the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, aims to revise the nutritional information that restaurant and retail food establishments must disclose. The nutrition content must include:

  1. The amount of calories contained in the menu item
  2. The number of servings and calories per serving
  3. The number of calories per common unit (this applies to a multi-serving item that is typically divided before presentation to the consumer)

The amendment would serve to improve and clarify certain disclosure requirements and to amend authority regarding proceedings.

  • Introduced in House 1/31/2017
  • Latest Action: 7/27/2017 – Subcommittee on Health Discharged

 

Bills can be followed at www.congress.gov.

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