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Fat content of flavored milk served in schools discussed

By CARYL VELISEK
Staff Writer

FREDERICK, Md. (July 4, 2017) — Members of the Maryland Dairy Industry Oversight and Advisory Council met June 20, at the Frederick County Health Department.
It was noted that despite the fact Maryland has a large consumption of milk, it doesn’t have the farmers to produce the need, therefore a great deal of milk is imported from other states.
Kirk Engle, section head for the Center of Milk & Dairy Product Safety, was on hand as was Marla R. Caplon, director of student wellness initiatives at Montgomery County Public Schools who joined the Council recently, to discuss the issues.
Council member, Jody Vona, president at Dairy Maid Dairy in Frederick, noted that the breakfast program in Maryland schools has been a huge success for milk sales but the controversy about flavored milk and the fact that fat improves flavor, needs more discussion.
“The checkoff program needs to do a far superior job educating the public about fat and flavor in milk. There is a societal trend to reduce the fat and sugar in milk,” Vona said. “It’s not about taste for the kids, it’s about perception.
“There are more people speaking  louder against it than those for it,” he added.         
According to Caplon, Maryland school districts will continue the practice of serving only fat free flavored milk to students.
“As promised,” Caplon said, “I spoke with folks from the Maryland State Department of Education, Child Nutrition Division, about the issue surrounding the fat content in flavored milk. They are aligned with my recommendations that Maryland school districts will continue the practice of serving only fat free flavored milk to students.”