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2 Document(s) [ Subject: School lunches ]

Committee: Senate Agriculture & Rural Affairs
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Interim report to the 82nd Legislature / Senate Committee on Agriculture and Rural Affairs.
Subjects: Agriculture | Alternative energy | Diet and nutrition | Food safety | Hazardous substances | School lunches | Swine |
Library Call Number: L1836.81 AG86r
Session: 81st R.S. (2009)
Online version: View report [48 pages  File size: 7,714 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study and make recommendations on new and innovative ways to increase investment, employment and production in Texas agriculture.
2. Study current federal, state and local safeguards to protect our food supply. Identify gaps that may exist in Texas statute, agency roles, and authority for ensuring a safe food supply for Texas, including imported fruits and vegetables. Examine the impact of revised federal regulations on the State, and the potential impact of pending federal legislation. Examine the existing capabilities of the public health system on the border to accomplish public health surveillance of food.
3. Study impact of windblown herbicides on grape growing and other agricultural production. Make recommendations for improving the safety and quality of Texas agricultural products.
4. Study and make recommendations on the impact of feral hogs and other predators that hamper development of Texas agriculture.
5. Monitor the implementation of legislation addressed by the Senate Committee on Agriculture & Rural Affairs, 81st Legislature, Regular Session, and make recommendations for any legislation needed to improve, enhance, and/or complete implementation. Specifically, consider the following:
  • Monitor the establishment of the Texas Bioenergy Policy Council and the Texas Bioenergy Research Committee.
  • Monitor the Texas Department of Agriculture's efforts to reduce or eliminate trans fatty acids in foods provided by Texas schools.
Committee: Joint Nutrition and Health in Public Schools
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: 78th Legislative interim : Senate Bill 474.
Subjects: Child nutrition programs | Diet and nutrition | Obesity | School lunches |
Library Call Number: L1836.78 N959
Session: 78th R.S. (2003)
Online version: View report [94 pages  File size: 2,086 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. To the extent that funds are available, the interim committee shall hold hearings throughout the state to: (1) determine the nutritional content and quality of foods and beverages served to public school children, including food service meals, a la carte foods, and competitive foods and food provided in vending machines; (2) evaluate the short-term and long-term financial, psychological and physiological impact of obesity in public school children; (3) assess the academic, emotional, and health value of a universal breakfast and lunch program by evaluating school children from districts that provide each child a free or reduced-price breakfast and lunch; and (4) evaluate school contracts relating to competitive food products and vending machines, including the following issues related to competitive food products and vending machines: (A) economic and other impacts of potential conflicts of interest; (B) the length of contracts; (C) advertising and marketing of competitive food products; (D) revenues realized by schools and school districts from the sale of competitive food products; (E) officials in charge of receiving and disbursing revenue and the accounting of that revenue; and (F) the extent to which competitive foods impact each school district's food service program.

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