SECTION 1. Chapter 6 of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 15IIIIII, the following section:-
Section 15JJJJJJ.The governor shall annually issue a proclamation setting apart March 21 as Massachusetts Child Nutrition Day and recommending that the day be observed in an appropriate manner by the people.
SECTION 2. Chapter 71 is hereby amended by inserting, after section 97, the following new section:-
Section 98. (a) The purpose of this section is to ensure that the students of the Commonwealth are appropriately nourished in order to support a healthier, livable and more equitable future for all.
(b) For the purposes of this section, the following words shall have the following meanings:-
(i) “entrée” is defined as the meat or meat alternate category within the USDA’s Federal Nutrition Standards
(ii) “Fiber-rich” is defined as a meal item that contains at least 20% of the minimum daily grams of fiber for youth ages 2-18 as determined by the National Institute of Health’s Daily Reference Intakes (DRI).
(iii) “Reimbursable meal” is any meal that meets the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National School Lunch Program nutritional requirements for federal reimbursement at the annual allotted rate of any of the following: (a) free lunch; (b) reduced-price lunch; or (c) paid lunch
(iv) “ultra-processed food” is defined as industrial formulations of food substances never or rarely used in kitchens (such as high-fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated or interesterified oils, and hydrolysed proteins), or classes of additives designed to make the final product palatable, appealing, or preservable (such as flavours, flavour enhancers, colours, emulsifiers, emulsifying salts, sweeteners, thickeners, nitrates, nitrites, preservatives, and anti-foaming, bulking, carbonating, foaming, gelling and glazing agents)
(c) Any food service provider selling food to Massachusetts public schools for our children to consume shall ensure that at least 50% of the entrées sold and served for lunch within school hours in schools, school districts, or other entities over the course of each week are healthy foods containing whole grains, vegetables, fruits, legumes, and other fiber-rich proteins as part of a reimbursable meal offering within the federal National School Lunch Program.
(d) No food service provider may sell or serve in Massachusetts public schools, school districts, or other entities more than 20% of entrée items that are ultra-processed or have a nutritional composition that includes more than 30 milligrams of cholesterol or more than 5% of the entrées’ total calories from saturated fat as part of a reimbursable meal offering within the federal National School Lunch
(e) Each food service provider selling food to Massachusetts public schools for school children to consume, shall keep itemized nutrition data that is made publicly available on a monthly basis to demonstrate compliance with this statute.
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