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New rules for schools could ban state snack

A new federal program restricts the type of snacks that may be sold in schools beginning in the fall. Among the potential targets are cheese- and candy-flavored versions of popcorn, which was designated Illinois’ state snack food 11 years ago.

A new federal program restricts the type of snacks that may be sold in schools beginning in the fall. Among the potential targets are cheese- and candy-flavored versions of popcorn, which was designated Illinois' state snack food 11 years ago.

 

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SPRINGFIELD -- New federal rules aimed at offering students healthier food options could mean Illinois schools won't be able to sell some types of the state's official snack food.

The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises reports the Illinois State Board of Education is set to discuss the federal "Smart Snacks" program Wednesday.

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The program restricts the type of snacks that may be sold in schools beginning in the 2014-15 school year. Among the potential targets are cheese- and candy-flavored versions of popcorn, which was designated the state snack food 11 years ago.

Then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich noted at the time that Illinois is one of the nation's top popcorn-producing states.

The rules apply only to food and beverages sold at school. They set limits for sugar, fat and salt.

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