Trump Administration Halts Salt Reduction For School Lunches

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Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue defended the changes, saying the rules are no good if children won't eat the food.

According to ABC News, the Trump administration is halting Obama-era plans to reduce the sodium content of school lunches.

The Obama administration had set targets that envisioned school reducing the amount of sodium in school meals each year. But the Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service announced Wednesday that it would keep the current targets for sodium levels reductions unchanged through 2019. Those targets are currently not more than 1,230 mg per meal for elementary, 1,360mg for middle and 1,420 mg for high schools.

Margo Wootan with the Center for Science in the Public interest said the decision is "putting children's health at risk."

But Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue previously defended the changes, which will also include flexibility on whole grains and milk, saying the rules are no good if children are not eating the food.

“A perfect example is in the south, where the schools want to serve grits. But the whole grain variety has little black flakes in it, and the kids won’t eat it. The school is compliant with the whole grain requirements, but no one is eating the grits. That doesn’t make any sense.”