New Rules Take Aim at Popcorn in Illinois Schools

SPRINGFIELD (KMOX) – New federal rules aimed at offering students healthier food options could mean Illinois schools won’t be able to sell some types of the state’s official snack food.

The federal “Smart Snacks” program is scheduled to be discussed during a meeting of the Illinois State Board of Education Wednesday.

The program restricts the type of snacks that may be sold in schools beginning in the 2014-2015 school year. Among the potential targets are cheese- and candy-flavored versions of popcorn, which was designated the state snack food 11 years ago.

Then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich noted at the time that Illinois is one of the nation’s top popcorn-producing states.

The rules only apply to food and beverages sold at school. They set limits for sugar, fat and salt.

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