The U.S. Agriculture Department could soon be given the power to regulate all food sold in schools, including that in the vending machine, if Congress renews child nutrition programs.
Roughly 17 percent of school-age children are obese, something the Center for Disease Control considers an epidemic.
Presently, the USDA oversees the contents of school lunches and bars the sale of foods with minimal nutritional value, such as soda in the lunchroom.
It does not control food sold in a la carte lines or school stores.
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