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§6661. Nutrition Education
The department shall work with public schools to encourage nutrition education for students and for teachers and staff as part of coordinated school health programs and school food service programs and in accordance with chapter 222. The department shall work with public schools to encourage an outreach component for students' parents and guardians as part of a coordinated school health program. The department may adopt rules to implement the purposes of this section. Rules adopted pursuant to this section are major substantive rules as defined in Title 5, chapter 375, subchapter 2-A.
§6662. Foods Outside School Meal Program
1. Nutritional information. After August 31, 2008, food service programs must post caloric information for prepackaged a la carte menu items at the point-of-decision.
2. Food and beverages outside school lunch programs. The department shall adopt rules to establish standards for food and beverages sold or distributed on school grounds but outside of school meal programs. These standards must include maximum portion sizes, except for portion sizes for milk, that are consistent with single-serving standards established by the United States Food and Drug Administration. Rules adopted pursuant to this subsection are major substantive rules as defined in Title 5, chapter 375, subchapter 2-A.
Rules adopted pursuant to this subsection do not apply to food and beverages sold or offered at community events or fund-raisers held outside the hours of the normal school day.
Sec. 2. Dairy vending machines. By January 31, 2006, the Department of Education, in collaboration with the Maine Dairy and Nutrition Council, shall implement a pilot program to install dairy vending machines selling flavored or unflavored milk with 1% or less fat in schools.
Sec. 3. Implementation of National Farm to School Program. By January 31, 2006, the Department of Education, in collaboration with the Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources, shall implement the National Farm to School Program, funded by the United States Department of Agriculture, as fully as is practicable to provide locally grown fruits and vegetables in public schools.
Food and beverage advertising. Brand-specific advertising of food or beverages is prohibited in school buildings or on school grounds except for food and beverages meeting standards for sale or distribution on school grounds in accordance with rules adopted under subsection 2. For the purposes of this subsection, "advertising" does not include advertising on broadcast media or in print media such as newspapers and magazines, clothing with brand images worn on school grounds or advertising on product packaging. 2007, c. 156, §1 (NEW) .]
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