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Michelle Obama assails plan to lower school lunch standards

Published on May 29, 2014 9:31 PM
 
US First Lady Michelle Obama has lunch with students at Parklawn Elementary School in Alexandria, Virginia on Jan 25, 2012. Michelle Obama lashed out in a newspaper opinion piece Thursday, May 29, 2014, against Republican plans to roll back recently improved nutrition standards in American schools, one of her cherished causes as US first lady. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Michelle Obama lashed out in a newspaper opinion piece Thursday against Republican plans to roll back recently improved nutrition standards in American schools, one of her cherished causes as US first lady.

Mrs Obama wrote in the New York Times that revamped school nutrition standards requiring less salt, sugar and fat in meals served at school have helped reverse the obesity trend among US school children.

But she said those inroads have been put at risk by members of the Republican-dominated House of Representatives, who, for budgetary reasons, have proposed exempting some school districts from the tougher food standards.

"Unfortunately, we're now seeing attempts in Congress to undo so much of what we've accomplished on behalf of our children," Mrs Obama wrote in the Times.

 
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