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Junk food getting canned in schools

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Snack time is about to change at your child's school. The government has now announced some new standards for snack foods.

Officials say the goal here is simple: they want to make sure what's being sold is healthy. The "Smart Snacks in Schools" standards are the latest effort to get junk food out of our kids' schools'.

The new standards go into effect for the 2014-15 school year, and they set limits for calories, fat, sugar and sodium.

This means the unhealthy snacks like candy, donuts and regular soda will not be allowed during school hours.

So what's in and what's out?

Anything with more than 200 calories per serving can't be sold. Also, the snacks will be limited to a specific amount of sugar and fat.

The snack must either be a fruit, vegetable, dairy product, protein food or a whole-grain, rich-grain product – like a granola bar.

When it comes to beverages, water – both flavored and plain – is okay. Milk and 100 percent fruit juices are also acceptable.

The new changes will apply to "a la carte" lines in cafeterias, vending machines, snack bars - but not food sold to fundraisers or class parties.

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