- The Washington Times - Friday, October 6, 2006

3:58 p.m.

Leading food manufacturers and former President Bill Clinton announced today that they will cut the amount of fat and sugar sold in snacks throughout nation’s school systems.

Campbell Soup Co., Kraft Foods Inc., Mars Inc., Group Danone SA and PepsiCo Inc. have signed on with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, a joint initiative started by Mr. Clinton and the American Heart Association, to make snacks in schools healthier. The voluntary agreement sets in place guidelines for the amount of fat, sugar and calories the companies will allow in their snack products.

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The agreement comes five months after Mr. Clinton and the American Heart Association brokered a deal with beverage industry leaders to ban the sale of soda in the nation’s elementary schools over the next three years. That deal included soft drink giants Pepsi and Coca-Cola.

Today’s agreement is the latest effort by Mr. Clinton to slow the rising rate of childhood obesity in the U.S. Foods covered under the agreement range from fruits and vegetables to soups and yogurt, chips, chocolate, crackers, ice cream and granola bars.

“What we are setting in motion with these guidelines will dramatically change the kind of food that children have access to at school,” Mr. Clinton said.

The guidelines, based on recommendations from scientists, limit the percentage of sugar in a product to 25 percent based on weight and do not allow foods to acquire more than 35 percent of their calories from fat and no more than 10 percent from saturated fat. Snack foods that fall under the guidelines are capped at 100 calories.

The guidelines also specify that all foods must be trans fat free and that most cannot contain more than 230 milligrams of sodium.

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