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Iowa school junk food ban rules revised

DES MOINES (KWWL) - The state board of education has revised restrictions aimed at combating junk food in Iowa's schools.

The revisions stem from a 2008 state law known as the Healthy Kids Act.

The rules, which will take effect in July 2010, say soda is off-limits to students unless they bring it themselves. Caffeinated drinks can't be sold to elementary students, and fruit and vegetable juices sold in schools can't have added sweeteners.

Entrees can't contain more than 400 calories and sugar and fat can't make up more than 35 percent of calories in most foods.

The rules target snacks sold in school vending machines and ala carte stands, which have become popular alternatives to traditional school lunches for students and money makers for schools.

Online Executive Producer Nate Leding

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