Nutrition Program Updates for the Week of November 26, 2018

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Nutrition Program Updates for the Week of November 26, 2018

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Update on Romaine Lettuce Recall

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued updates yesterday that identified the central and northern region of California to be where the E. coli contamination of harvested romaine lettuce occurred. 

Based on discussions with producers and distributors, romaine lettuce entering the market will now be labeled with a harvest location and a harvest date or labeled as being hydroponically – or greenhouse-grown. If it does not have this information, you should not eat or use it.

If romaine lettuce does have this labeling information, the FDA advises avoiding any product from the Central Coast growing regions of northern and central California. Romaine lettuce from outside those regions, (such as the desert growing region near Yuma, California, the California desert growing region near Imperial County and Riverside County, the state of Florida, and Mexico) need not be avoided.

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School Nutrition Programs

Schoolyard Garden Conference

The Schoolyard Garden Conference will take place on Friday, March 1, 2019, at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. If you are interested in presenting at this conference, please submit a proposal. The preferred deadline is December 1, 2018, but proposals will be accepted after that date.

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Reminder: Verification Reporting due by December 3, 2018

Verification reporting is due this week! Enter your verification report now to meet the Monday, December 3, deadline and avoid jeopardizing school nutrition program payments.

Prior to completing a new verification report in CLiCS, print a blank copy of the report and gather the required information. The average time to complete the verification report is 20-30 minutes if all information is available. A Verification Reporting User Guide and Quick Reference Guide are available on the Minnesota Department of Education website for your reference.

For any questions about the verification process or reporting, contact our office at 651-582-8526 or 1-800-366-8922.


Upcoming School Nutrition Program Training Opportunities

All training opportunities are listed on the School Nutrition's Training and Professional Standards webpage.

Tuesdays @ 2 Webinars

  • Receiving Grant Funding – You Can Do It! (December 4, 2018, at 2 p.m.)
  • At-Risk Afterschool Meals (December 11, 2018, at 2 p.m.)
  • Labels, Labels, Labels (December 18, 2018, at 2 p.m.)

Access further information and registration for Tuesdays @ 2 webinars.

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