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List of Acceptable Foods and Beverages


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The Connecticut State Department of Education's (CSDE) List of Acceptable Foods and Beverages is a brand-specific list of commercially prepared food products that comply with the Connecticut Nutrition Standards (CNS) and beverages that comply with the beverage requirements of Section 10 -221q of the Connecticut General Statutes (C.G.S.). These foods and beverages also meet the USDA's Smart Snacks nutrition standards.

  • Minimally processed naturally nutrient-rich foods such as fresh fruits, vegetables and legumes comply with the CNS, but are not included on the List of Acceptable Foods and Beverages, unless they are individually packaged.
  • The CSDE encourages schools and vendors to submit new product information to the CSDE for evaluation. The handout, Submitting New Products for Approval, summarizes the information required to submit products for review.
  • The CSDE updates the List of Acceptable Foods and Beverages every few months. The handout, Summary of Recent List Updates, lists products that have been added or deleted since the last online update.
  • The CSDE's Vendor Contact Information is a list of manufacturers, brokers, and distributors selling foods and beverages on the CSDE's List of Acceptable Foods and Beverages.

All public schools must comply with the beverage requirements of C.G.S. Section 10. Public schools that choose to implement the healthy food option of Healthy Food Certification under C.G.S. Section 10-215f must follow the CNS for all foods sold to students separately from reimbursable school meals.

Go to the Documents/Forms section in the left navigation bar to access the List of Acceptable Foods and Beverages.