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Bill cuts sugar from schools

May 1, 2009
by Sarita Chourey
Associated Press

COLUMBIA --- Fatty snacks and sugary drinks may be tasty, but in South Carolina schools, the treats are being targeted by legislation aimed at preventing childhood obesity.

The bill, H. 3297, introduced by a Barnwell County Democrat, received key House approval Thursday and could be headed to the Senate next week.

Under the legislation, only food and beverage offerings that meet specific sugar, fat and calorie limits may be sold to students.

In South Carolina the problem is immense: The Palmetto State had the fifth worst obesity rate last year, according to Trust for America's Health.

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