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TALLAHASSEE, FL -- Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam has proposed a bill that would restrict the use of vending machines in public schools, or remove them altogether, in an effort to curb the state's obesity epidemic among kids.
The bill would give Putnam the authority to place more stringent restrictions on the foods and beverages schools can offer students, both in the cafeteria and through vending machines. The commissioner said he would target vending machines that compete with more "nutritional" options by restricting the types of products they can sell, or allowing their use only during certain parts of the day.
Putnam said he's not inclined to ban vending machines completely, provided new regulations ensure improved nutritional value of foods available to schoolchildren.