Clinton Cuts Deal for School Snack Foods

OCTOBER 6, 2006 - Posted at 11:43 a.m. CDT

NEW YORK, NY - Bill Clinton is taking on school snacks.

After a similar agreement to cut down on sodas in schools, the former president and the American Heart Association have stuck a deal with several major food companies to cut the fat, sugar and salt in snacks sold in schools.

It's the latest victory in Clinton's campaign to curb childhood obesity.  Clinton and Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee have worked together to address childhood obesity.

The agreement with Kraft, Mars, Campbell, Dannon and Pepsi sets guidelines for fat, sugar, sodium and calories in snack foods sold in school vending machines, stores and snack bars.  Those companies make foods ranging from M&Ms and Snickers to potato chips, yogurt, granola bars and canned soups.

Under the guidelines, most snacks won't be allowed to get more than 35 percent of their calories from fat and more than ten percent from saturated fat.  There also will be a limit of 35 percent for sugar content by weight.

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