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Iowa Senate OKs cafeteria food  proposal

Mar 27, 2013

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa Senate Democrats have passed a bill that would create new dietary guidelines for public cafeterias including ones in state buildings and public universities.

The measure passed 26-23 Monday on a party-line vote and moves to the House for review.

Cafeterias at the Capitol complex, other state buildings and public universities and community colleges would be required to follow American Heart Association guidelines.

Government cafeterias would have to post the counts of calories, sodium and saturated fat on menus and meet guidelines limiting calories for snack foods, entrees and meals.

The bill would require the state Department of Administrative Services to contract with food vendors following the new requirements.

Democratic Sen. Janet Petersen of Des Moines, the bill’s sponsor, says the measure is one step toward tackling obesity in Iowa.

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