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NAMA News December 21, 2012

The Importance of Grains Reflected in New Guidance for School Meals

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will eliminate the daily and weekly limits of grains in the school-meals program for the remainder of the 2012-13 school year. The changes come partly as result of criticism by parents and lawmakers who expressed concern that some children aren’t getting enough to eat.  In addition, school nutrition professionals have faced significant menu-planning, operating, and financial challenges as a result of the new meal requirements. USDA’s new guidance gives school-meal programs more flexibility. While the broader calorie limits are still in place, the new rules adjustment will allow school- lunch planners to use as many grains as they want. USDA has not announced whether these new flexibilities for grain requirements will continue into the 2013-14 school year.

NAMA, Grain Chain Submit DGAC Nominations

NAMA and other grain chain organizations partnered to develop a strong list of nominees to recommend for the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee.  The grain chain submitted the recommendations of eight experts in the areas of nutrition and physical activity who would contribute to the formation of sound, science-based advice for the formation of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines.

To view the nomination letter, click here:


FSMA Biannual Registration Date Extended

The new Food Safety Modernization Act requires biannual facility registration, which was to begin October 1, 2012, and end December 31.   Since registration did not become available until October 22, 2012, FDA intends to exercise enforcement discretion with respect to registration renewals submitted to FDA after December 31, 2012 for a period of 31 days, until January 31, 2013.

To access the registration document, visit:


Even in light of the extension, FDA has asked us to encourage our members to renew their registrations early.

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