CONCORD, N.H. (AP) – Bake sales and birthday cakes wouldn’t be totally banned from New Hampshire’s schools if a bill passes requiring food to meet federal nutrition guidelines.

But the bill would limit schools to six exceptions a year.

The bill would require food available in schools to meet guidelines crafted by the federal Centers for Disease Control and the nonprofit Institute of Medicine. They call for foods to contain whole grains, pure juices, fruits, vegetables and low-fat or no-fat milk.

They also set strict limits: no trans fats, no caffeine, limited fat and sodium and no more than 200 calories per snack.

Separate federal guidelines already govern federally subsidized school meals.

Nashua Democrat Cindy Rosenwald, the bill’s sponsor, said too many children are obese and shouldn’t have access to food at school that adds to the problem.


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