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§ 160c. Nutrition procurement standards
(a)(1) The Commissioner of Health shall establish and post on the Department’s website nutrition procurement standards that:
(A) consider relevant guidance documents, including those published by the U.S. General Services Administration, the American Heart Association, and the National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity and, upon request, the Department shall provide a rationale for any divergence from these guidance documents;
(B) consider both positive and negative contributions of nutrients, ingredients, and food groups to diets, including calories, portion size, saturated fat, trans fat, sodium, sugar, and the presence of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and other nutrients of concern in Americans’ diets; and
(C) contain exceptions for circumstances in which State-procured foods or beverages are intended for individuals with specific dietary needs.
(2) The Commissioner shall review and, if necessary, amend the nutrition procurement standards at least every five years to reflect advances in nutrition science, dietary data, new product availability, and updates to federal Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
(b)(1) All foods and beverages purchased, sold, served, or otherwise provided by the State or any entity, subdivision, or employee on behalf of the State shall meet the minimum nutrition procurement standards established by the Commissioner of Health.
(2) All bids and contracts between the State and food and beverage vendors shall comply with the nutrition procurement standards. The Commissioner, in conjunction with the Commissioner of Buildings and General Services, may periodically review or audit a contracting food or beverage vendor’s financial reports to ensure compliance with this section.
(c) The Governor’s Health in All Policies Task Force may disseminate information to State employees on the Commissioner’s nutrition procurement standards.
(d) All State-owned or -operated vending machines, food or beverage vendors contracting with the State, or cafeterias located on property owned or operated by the State shall display nutritional labeling to the extent permitted under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, 21 U.S.C. ch. 9 § 301 et seq.
(e) The Commissioner of Buildings and General Services shall incorporate the nutrition procurement standards established by the Commissioner into the appropriate procurement document. (Added 2015, No. 113 (Adj. Sess.), § 18.)