This week the battle is coming to a head over chocolate milk. U.S. schools supply kids with low-fat, flavored milks in a push to get them drinking the nutrient-rich beverage. But scrutiny has been plaguing the educational institutions, with critics asking whether they’re doing more harm than good by handing out the sugary concoctions.
The National Milk Producers Federation and the International Dairy Foods Association are weighing in, issuing a joint statement praising lawmakers for proposing to keep the sweetened beverages in schools after the 2021-2022 year. A group of more than 50 members of the U.S. House of Representatives has urged USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack to address the issue of children not getting enough dairy in their diets.
“If that’s something that gets kids into the cafeteria and gets