Malloy vetoes bill that includes ban on chocolate milk

HARTFORD, Conn. – School children across the state can breathe a sigh of relief: Gov. Dannel P. Malloy vetoed a bill Thursday that would have prohibited the sale of chocolate milk in Connecticut schools.

Malloy had previously indicated he did not support such a ban, which was included in a technical bill, but was unsure whether his administration could find an administrative alternative to squashing the entire piece of legislation.

Prior to announcing the veto, Malloy’s spokesman Andrew Doba suggested the governor had resolved the issue Thursday morning when he tweeted a photo of Malloy drinking a bottle of chocolate milk in his office with the text, “Got chocolate milk???”

The bill would have only allowed the sale of “low-fat milk that is unflavored or fat-free milk that is flavored or unflavored that contains no artificial sweeteners, nonnutritive sweeteners or sugar alcohols, no added sodium and no more than four grams of sugar per ounce.” Essentially, the language would have banned the sale of chocolate milk because of its sodium content. It’s not clear whether the milk industry is capable of producing chocolate milk without added sodium.

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4 responses to “Malloy vetoes bill that includes ban on chocolate milk”

  1. Suzanne

    Transparent photo op about a ridiculous topic, unless the milk is coming from CT dairies. Next, he’ll be doing paid endorsements from graham crackers.

  2. Lifelong Teacher

    Check out the school breakfasts offered to Norwalk’s poor students – the ones who come to school hungry. I work in an elementary school. Whether they are 4 in kindergarten or 11 in fifth grade, it’s a tiny box of sweetened cereal (sugar), package of graham crackers (sugar), orange or apple juice (sugar), chocolate milk (sugar).

    Shame on us. The chocolate milk is the least of the issues. Let’s talk about something important.

  3. One and Done.

    @lifelong teacher. Yes let’s talk about why the parents can’t feed them with the average benefit of $600 a month in food stamps.

  4. Don’t Panic

    Despite the temporary brouhaha, this is unfortunate. When individual states take the lead on subjects like this, it pushes the manufacturers to make better products. Instead of throwing in the towel and assuming that chocolate milk without the excessive sodium couldn’t be produced, we could have had chocolate milk without excess sodium being served within months, and others states would have had the option to offer the same to their kids.
    In the meantime, all those other really unhealthy items will remain in school meals, despite the good intentions of those who proposed the bill.

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