Cupcakes granted amnesty by state commissioner

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Texas Agriculture Commissioner is making his first official act all about cupcakes.

Sid Miller announced Monday that you can bring cupcakes to your child’s classroom. Miller says many Texans aren’t aware the old rules banning cupcakes from schools have been abolished.

The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) published the Texas Public School Nutrition Policy in 2004 and the initial version of this policy restricted foods both sold and given away in schools based on nutritional value, Miller’s office said in a statement. However, the policy has since been repealed to allow for greater control and decision-making at the local level.

Miller says he wants Texas schools to have more freedom to choose what their students can eat.

“I think it’s just plain wrong to tell a mother or grandmother that they can’t bring cookies or cupcakes to a school celebration,” Miller said.

Federal guidelines still cover food sold during the day at schools that participate in the national school lunch program.

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