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Legislator Launches Attack On School Pizza Classified As A “Vegetable”

May 15, 2012: 08:44 PM EST
A U.S. congressman from Colorado has introduced legislation in the House that would toughen nutritional standards for pizza served in school lunchrooms. Rep Jared Polis (D) says new standards approved by Congress in a 2011 USDA funding measure categorized pizza containing one-eighth of a cup of tomato paste as a vegetable. He said it was a “ridiculous” decision, considering how much sugar, salt and cheese is in just one slice of pizza. Chastising Congress for caving in to the frozen food business, Polis said “agribusiness should never dictate the quality of school meals.” His bill – the SLICE Act – would declassify pizza as a vegetable.
Lauren Fox, "The War on Pizza?", US News, May 15, 2012, © U.S.News & World Report LP
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