USDA Clarifies School Milk Options
Specifically, the new USDA regulation removes the requirement that schools must offer the same milk types that were consumed in the previous school year - a clause that stifled a school's ability to offer new products on the lunch line. In its place, USDA has codified the authority for schools to offer flavored or unflavored milk, lactose-free milk, and milk of different fat levels. The effective date of the new rule is July 1.
In addition, the Child Nutrition Act included a provision that gives schools the authority to offer milk at anytime and anywhere on school premises or at school events.