Suzanne Burdick writes for the Defender:
“Beginning this fall, extra extremely processed meals can be on the menu for kids in public colleges due to a ‘major new initiative’ to get Kraft Heinz’s ’Lunchables’ merchandise into U.S. public college cafeterias.
The corporate mentioned two variations of the Lunchables product can be served in K-12 public schools, both for college kids to purchase or free, below the Nationwide College Lunch Program.
The corporate mentioned it developed two styles of Lunchables — turkey and cheddar or additional tacky pizza— that meet the federal dietary tips set for the U.S. Division of Agriculture’s (USDA) National School Lunch Program, which offers meals to nearly 30 million kids throughout the nation.
Each choices had been made utilizing ’a specialised recipe that includes extra protein and entire grains to maintain youngsters powered all through the day, diminished saturated fats and sodium, and an elevated serving dimension,’ Kraft Heinz informed CNN Business.
However critics — together with John Fagan, Ph.D., a number one authority on biosafety, meals authenticity and sustainability within the meals and agricultural system — mentioned he doubted the dietary worth of the merchandise.
The USDA enterprise cope with Kraft Heinz is ‘disappointing,’ Fagan informed The Defender.
‘Our authorities is just not recognizing … the college lunch alternative to strengthen our meals system, however as an alternative offering a sweetheart deal to one of many massive gamers in Big Food,’ Fagan mentioned.
The Kraft Heinz Company is the fifth-largest meals and beverage firm on this planet. Its product line consists of Velveeta cheese, Kool-Help and Jell-O.
Fagan is CEO and chief scientific officer of Health Research Institute, which conducts testing on the nutrient and pesticide ranges in meals and not too long ago revealed a report on school lunches.
He mentioned it’s properly established that highly processed foods like Kraft Heinz’s merchandise increase inflammation and free radicals.
‘With such extremely processed supplies, you are also lacking numerous the actually essential vitamins which can be simply naturally current in actual meals,’ Fagan mentioned, including:
‘We’re placing our youngsters at an enormous drawback to reveal them to those meals and put them actually in a state of affairs the place they’ve little alternative about what they will eat.”
Learn more: Public Schools to Start Serving Kraft Lunchables, Thanks to ‘Sweetheart Deal’ With USDA