Consumer Reports Urges USDA to Remove Lunchables from School Programs

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LOS ANGELES, CA (April 12, 2024)Consumer Reports has petitioned the USDA to exclude Lunchables from the National School Lunch Program after discovering the meals contain high levels of sodium and harmful chemicals such as lead, cadmium, and phthalates. 

 

These substances are linked to health issues like developmental problems in children, diabetes, and cancer.

 

The organization’s tests showed that Lunchables designed for schools have even higher sodium than store-bought versions, with the school-specific Turkey & Cheddar and Extra Cheesy Pizza containing 930 mg and 700 mg of sodium per serving, respectively. These levels significantly exceed what is considered safe, potentially increasing the risk of hypertension and related diseases in children.

 

Given these risks, Consumer Reports is advocating for the USDA to offer healthier meal options to the nearly 30 million children in the program. The group has launched a petition to prompt immediate action from the USDA to initiate a Lunchables ban from school menus.

For families concerned about the safety of school meals and seeking to navigate public health regulations, RTM Law Firm is ready to provide expert legal advice and advocacy. Contact us to discuss how we can help ensure a safer, healthier school environment for your children.

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