Congressman Roe says restricted school meals is 'overreach'

Congressman Roe says restricted school meals is 'overreach'

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KINGSPORT (AP) - U.S. Rep. Phil Roe has a bad taste in his mouth from the new federal standards for meals served in public schools.

The Kingsport Times News reported Monday the Tennessee Republican from the 1st District said in a conference call Thursday with reporters that the revamped school meals are just "more overreach of government."

The U.S. Department of Agriculture changed the standards for meals served to 32 million kids across the nation to offer more fruits and vegetables, increase whole-grain foods, limit calories based on the age of children and reduce saturated fat, trans fats and sodium.

Roe said one school director in his district said the standards are too restrictive, and he has signed on as a co-sponsor for a bill that would repeal the calorie limits.

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