Classroom tech seen as loophole in ban on junk food ads in schools

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Technology in classrooms may put a crimp in newly proposed rules to limit junk food marketing in schools.

The White House and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have announced new school wellness standards to offer students healthier food options. Under the guidelines, companies must phase out advertisements featuring sugary drinks and junk foods, which might appear on vending machines, cups, lunchroom menu boards and other school fixtures.

Marketing would be limited to foods that fit "Smart Snacks in School" nutrition standards set to be implemented in the 2014-15 school year.

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