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Many parents encourage their children to eat their vegetables - but they usually don't mean "eat some pizza." Pizza as a vegetable has long been a mainstay in student meals. And now, Congress might soon be blocking new USDA standards for federally-funded school lunches that would have encouraged what many consider healthier choices - and eliminated pizza's classification as a veggie.
This move comes after Congress decided to propose legislation that eliminates funding for the new standards in an effort to reduce costs.
On Thursday, the House of Representatives voted to pass the bill. It will go onto the Senate for approval.
If the bill does away with the USDA regulations, what will happen in the lunch line?
The bill has received positive support from ConAgra, Coca-Cola, Del Monte Foods, and makers of frozen foods, reports The New York Times. Some nutrition experts have called the bill a setback in the fight against obesity.
Schools that get federal funding look to these requirements to set a minimum standard for what they can serve. If the new USDA standards for school lunches were implemented, this may have meant healthier lunches.
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