Ariz. lists food to be banned from schools

Aug. 15, 2005 at 5:47 PM
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PHOENIX, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- Under proposed new regulations, sports drinks, candy bars, soda and cupcakes would be banned from sale in Arizona elementary and middle schools.

The Arizona Republic reports that state Superintendent Tom Horne has asked for comments from parents about the list. The state Legislature recently passed a law that takes effect next year banning junk food sales from public schools. High schools are exempt.

"Never again will schools, in order to make money, push fat and sugar on our kids," Horne said.

Horne's list has drawn fire from the food industry. John Moody, a lawyer and lobbyist for the Arizona Beverage Association, said the ban on all carbonated drinks would hurt school fundraising efforts for special trips and activities.

A committee drawn from the industry, teachers, parents and school boards will recommend changes with the state Department of Education having the last word.

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