Doritos, Fruit Snacks Get the Boot as Montgomery County Schools Ban Certain Additives

LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — The same Montgomery County parents’ group that petitioned to get vending machines full of junk food locked until 30 minutes after the final bell and strawberry milk removed from cafeterias is celebrating another victory this week.

“Real Food for Kids Montgomery” says MCPS’s Director of Food and Nutrition Services has announced that snack options with certain additives will be prohibited moving forward.

The list includes a number of artificial food dyes, aspartame, saccharin, trans fat and MSG.

“The changes will affect all contracts going forward but will not affect existing contracts until they expire,” according to a statement from the Real Food group.

“These changes will remove from sale many popular a la carte snacks in MCPS, including Welch’s Fruit Snacks, Cheez-It Crackers, Cool Ranch and Spicy Sweet Chili Doritos, Baked! Cheetos, Eagle Popped Crisps, several flavors of the Ridgefield’s Fruit Smoothies and several ice cream bars with artificial colorings.”

The food group, which has grown to more than 3,000 members since forming two years ago, say ingredients on the list have been linked to ADHD, cancer and other adverse effects.

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