WHAT DOES A CLEAN LABEL MEAN TO CUSD?

The word is out, CUSD Nutrition has embarked on a Clean Label Initiative! Your first question may be, what is a clean label? Since there are no guidelines defining the term, every individual and organization is open to their own interpretation.

Here at CUSD Nutrition, we see a clean label as one free of unnecessary additives. For the first phase of our initiative, this will include eliminating 30 common artificial colors and flavors, hydrogenated fats, MSG, and artificial sweeteners. Over time, our definition will evolve as research and the food industry continue to progress.

Through the addition of simple, wholesome ingredients and the elimination of avoidable additives, CUSD Nutrition wants to bring simplicity to food labels. We believe artificial, highly processed additives add no nutritional value to your child’s diet. That is why we will be utilizing our 25,000 sq. ft., fully equipped central kitchen to make numerous items from scratch.

With advancing research and technology, we are becoming aware of some of the potential risks associated with common additives. Evidence based research from Whole Foods Market and the shared concern from numerous parents have inspired our transition.

Feedback is what drives our efforts at CUSD Nutrition. We are eager to hear the answers to some of our questions! Respond in the comments below or send a message through our Your Voice Matters box.

Do you support the Clean Label Initiative? Why or why not?

Are your kids enjoying the new menu items?

What is holding you back from having your kids eat lunch with us?

What other suggestions do you have for us as our initiative grows?

Stay tuned for blog updates on clean recipes, additive education and more!

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Introducing our NEW Clean Label Initiative

At CUSD Nutrition, we feel a sense of responsibility to be advocates for your child’s health. We don’t take that lightly—which is why we have decided to embark on our new Clean Label Initiative.

The Clean Label Initiative is founded on the researched guidance of Whole Foods Market, and it means we are literally cleaning up our act. We are eliminating 30 major food additives that we don’t believe add value to your student’s health and future success. The additives we are cleaning out of our food include artificial colors and flavors, hydrogenated fats, MSG, and artificial sweeteners….but that’s just the start! We will continue to evolve, and by the year 2020 our goal is to eliminate over 70 total additives from the foods we serve.

We feel a strong sense of responsibility to equip your students for the best possible health and future success, and we believe that these additives provide no nutritional benefit or advantage.

Chandler Unified School District aims to achieve a nutritional program in which we use whole ingredients in their purest form while creating meals and snacks that our students truly enjoy.

We are working alongside local farmers and suppliers to ensure that our standards are being met at the BEGINNING of the food production process. We are also making a commitment to improve transparency, and will provide complete ingredient information of all foods served to your student through our online menus.

We are excited to know that we can make a positive impact on your student’s life. We hope to set the standard and lead the initiative for other school districts nationwide.

We look forward to sharing our progress on the Clean Label Initiative with you throughout the year.

ADDITIVES WE’RE ELIMINATING
 ACESULFAME-POTASSIUM
ARTIFICIAL COLORINGS
ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS
ASPARTAME
AZODICARBONAMIDE
BENZOATES
BENZOYL PEROXIDE
BROMATED FLOUR
BROMINATED VEGETABLE OIL
BUTYLATED HYDROXYANISOLE
BUTYLATED HYDROXYTOLUENE
CALCIUM BROMATE
CARAMEL COLOR
DIMETHYLPOLYSILOXANE
EDTA
ETHYLENE OXIDE
HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP
HYDROGENATED FAT / OILS
ISOAMYL ACETATE
METHYL SILICONE
METHYLPARABEN
MONOSODIIUM GLUTAMATE
NITRATES / NITRITES
OLESTRA
POTASSIUM BROMATE
PROPYL GALLATE
SACCHARIN
SUCRALOSE
THBQ