TABLE 4-3 Proposed Specifications for Foods in the Revised Food Packagesa

Category/Food

Participant Group

Allowed Foods and Minimum Requirements

Infant Foods

Infant formula

Infants,

0–11.9 mo

Iron-fortified infant formula. (No change from current specifications.)

Infant cereal

Infants,

6–11.9 mo

Iron-fortified infant cereal, instant. (No change from current specifications.)

Baby food fruits and vegetables

Infants,

6–11.9 mo

Commercial baby food fruits and vegetables without added sugars, starches, or salt (i.e., sodium)—Texture may range from strained through diced.

Fresh banana may replace up to 16 oz of baby food fruit at a rate of 1 lb of bananas per 8 oz of baby food fruit.

Baby food meats

Fully breast-fed infants only, age 6–11.9 mo

Single major ingredient, commercial baby food meat; without added sugars, starches, vegetables, or salt (i.e., sodium)—Texture may range from strained through diced.

Fruits and Vegetables

Juice

Children and women

No change from current specifications.

Fresh fruits and vegetables

Children and women

Any variety of fresh whole or cut fruits, without added sugars

Any variety of fresh whole or cut vegetables except white potatoes (orange sweet potatoes and yams are allowed), without added sugars, fats, or oils

Variety in choices should be encouraged through nutrition education.

Processed fruits and vegetables

Children and women

Any variety of canned fruits, juice pack or water pack, without added sugars—Any variety of frozen fruits, without added sugars

Any variety of canned or frozen vegetables except white potatoes (orange sweet potatoes and yams are allowed), without added sugars, fats, or oils—Soups and condiments such as catsup, pickles, and olives are excluded.

Variety in choices should be encouraged through nutrition education.



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