President Clinton is expected to sign a bill that would free school districts from using complicated nutrient analyses to prove their lunches meet federal nutrition standards.
The bill would give schools more flexibility in complying with a 1994 law designed to reduce amounts of saturated fat and sodium that students eat at school. The Senate approved it Thursday by a voice vote. The House passed it Tuesday, also by a voice vote.Schools still would have to meet the requirements, but the bill would allow food service workers to "use any reasonable approach" to comply.
When the Agriculture Department drew up compliance guidelines, some educators complained that they were too rigid, costly and time-consuming. They said that analysis would require the purchase of computer equipment and money for staff training that would drive up the cost of meals.