California Attorney General Becerra Joins Multistate Lawsuit Challenging Federal Reversal of Nutrition Standards in Schools

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra Wednesday joined a multi-state lawsuit challenging the Trump Administration’s reversal of school meal nutrition standards that protect the health and well-being of students around the country.  In the complaint, the coalition argues the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) decision failed to rely on any analysis of the relevant science and ignored existing federal dietary guidelines.  In addition, USDA violated notification requirements mandated under the federal Administrative Procedure Act. “Once again, the Trump Administration has shown its disregard for good governance and the facts,” said Attorney General Becerra.  “That’s why we’re stepping in to protect the long-term health and well-being of our students and children throughout the country.  A healthy diet is important for all Americans, but it is especially important for the development of our youth.” On December 12, 2018, USDA issued a final rule reversing regulations regarding whole grains and sodium in child nutrition programs. These standards were based on a USDA-commissioned report by the National Academy of Sciences.

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