U.S. lawmakers move to block federal effort to eliminate pizza from school lunches in order to make room for more vegetables; legislation would also stop plans to require more whole grains in school food while cutting sodium, starchy vegetables

LOS ANGELES , November 18, 2011 () – Lawmakers have moved to block the Obama administration's effort to eliminate pizza from school lunches in order to make room for more vegetables, The Wall Street Journal reported Nov. 18.

The legislation also would stop plans to require more whole grains in school food while cutting sodium and starchy vegetables like potatoes. It is attached to a 2012 spending bill approved by Congress and now on its way to the president's desk.

Courtney Rowe, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), said the USDA aims to overhaul nutrition rules governing the school breakfasts and lunches by the federal government. This latest legislation, however, would prevent these guidelines from being implemented.

The primary source of this article is The Wall Street Journal, New York, New York, on Nov. 18, 2011.

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