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TABLE 7-8 Proposed Specifications for Foods in the Child and Adult Care Food Program

Food Group

Participant Group

Specificationsa

Breast milk

Infants, 0–11 months

Breast milk provided by mother and stored by provider in accordance with CACFP standards

Infant formula

Infants, 0–11 months

Iron-fortified infant formula

Infant cereal Infants,

6–11 months

Iron-fortified infant cereal, instant

Baby food fruits and vegetables

Infants, 6–11 months

Commercial baby food fruits and vegetables without added sugars, starches, or salt (i.e., sodium)––Texture may range from strained through diced. The provider may process foods to the proper consistency using fresh, frozen, or canned fruits and vegetables that contain no added sugars, starches, salt, or fats.

Baby food meats

Infants, 6–11 months

Single major ingredient, commercial baby food meat; without added sugars, starches, vegetables, or salt (i.e., sodium). The provider may process meats to the proper consistency using fresh, frozen, or canned meats that contain no added sugars, starches, salt, or fats.

Fruits

 

 

Juice

Ages 1 y or older

100 percent fruit juice with no added sugars, limited to one serving per day

Fruits

Ages 1 y or older

Any variety of unsweetened fresh fruits; frozen unsweetened fruits; canned fruits that are packed in juice or water; dried fruit (if it does not pose a choking hazard) without added sugars, fats, oils, or salt

Vegetables

 

 

Vegetables

Children and adults

Any variety of fresh, canned, or plain frozen vegetables. Variety is to be encouraged through the weekly food pattern and nutrition education. Starchy vegetables (e.g., white potatoes, corn) are limited in the meal pattern. Vegetables may be boiled, steamed, baked, or stir fried in a small amount of vegetable oil. No deep-fried vegetables.

Grainsb

Whole grain-rich

Children and adults

A serving of a whole grain-rich food must be at least the portion size of one grain/bread serving as defined in the USDA Food Buying Guide for Child Nutrition Programs (USDA/FNS, 2008) and FNS Instruction 783-1 (Revision 2), the Grains/Breads Requirement for the Food-Based Menu Planning Alternative in the Child Nutrition Programs (USDA/FNS, 2008, pp. 3-15–3-16), and must meet at least one of the following two specifications:



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