USDA Memo Persists with Making CN Labels Useless!

As promised USDA has issued clarification about when and how CN labels can be used to document credit toward the school meal requirements.  The Nov. 26, 2014   memo distributed to State Agencies restates previous policies bringing into question the utility of CN Labels for the school customer and the manufacturer.  


The memo makes the statement "when a valid CN label is provided, State reviewers must not request additional crediting information such as a product formulation statement".   The preceding information requires the school food service office to have an actual label peeled, scanned or photographed from a delivered case of product, or a bill of lading showing the CN ID number.  Is that the definition of "valid CN label"? 


If so, schools or states could more easily ask for a product formulation statement, rather than tracking down actually product labels. 


The current policy requires schools prove they have purchased the CN label product, but not a food item that has a product formulation statement. 

Even though USDA as a policy stating state agencies cannot ask for a Product Formulation Statment, the definition of a "valid CN label" is more  arduous for the school than having  Product Formulation Statement.  Many in didustry are still provideng Product Formualtions statement becuase it helps their school customers comply with regulations.


The School Food Industry Roundtable proposed resolutions to Challenges complying with whole grain requirements and polices!
After explaining to USDA officials the absurd lengths to which companies are asked to document products meet the Whole Grain Rich Requirements and comply with the restriction on "uncreditable grains", the School Food Industry Roundtable discussed potential solutions to retain the nutritional goals of the requirements but make them more easily documented.



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