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Flexibility for Whole Grain-Rich Pasta in School Years 2014-15 and 2015-16

Last Published: 10/02/2014

This memorandum provides guidance to State agencies to address the issues that some school food authorities are experiencing in meeting the whole grain-rich requirements. Beginning July 1, 2014, federal regulations require that all grains offered in the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program must be whole grain-rich. Foods that meet the whole grain-rich criteria for the school meal programs contain at least 50 percent whole-grain meal and/or flour. The remaining 50 percent or less of grains, if any, must be enriched. Foods that are 100 percent whole grain meet the whole grain-rich criteria; however, foods are not required to be 100 percent whole grain. Foods containing between 50 and 100 percent whole grains are allowable. For additional information on whole grain-rich requirements, including how to evaluate if a grain product meets the whole grain-rich criteria, see the Whole Grain Resource for the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs: A Guide to Meeting the Whole Grain-Rich Criteria, available at:

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