A federal court on Monday blocked a Trump administration rollback of nutrition guidelines for the National School Lunch Program.
The District Court of Maryland ruled that the standards reductions initiated by Agriculture Secretary Sonny PerdueSonny PerdueOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Supreme Court rules that pipeline can seize land from New Jersey | Study: EPA underestimated methane emissions from oil and gas development | Kevin McCarthy sets up task forces on climate, other issues The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Georgia election day is finally here; Trump hopes Pence 'comes through for us' to overturn results Civil war between MAGA, GOP establishment could hand Dems total control MORE in 2018 violated the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) — the law that regulates how federal agencies develop and issue regulations.
The rollbacks slashed the whole-grain requirements that all school meals must meet while permitting higher sodium levels in meals.
The court found that the Agriculture Department failed to seek public feedback, as required by the APA, on its final three reductions of sodium level standards.
In its decision, the court described the rollbacks as “not a logical outgrowth."
"There is a fundamental difference between delaying compliance standards — which indicates that school meals will still eventually meet those standards — and eliminating those standards altogether,” it added.
Democracy Forward, the legal nonprofit that filed the lawsuit on behalf of the Center for Science in the Public Interest and Healthy School Food Maryland, called the court's ruling a "victory for children and families."
"The Trump administration’s unlawful rollback of important school meal nutrition standards jeopardized children’s access to the nutritious foods they need to stay healthy," Democracy Forward Executive Director Anne Harkavy said in a statement.