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Malloy veto keeps chocolate milk on school lunch menus

The Hartford Courant

Publication: The Day

Published June 14. 2014 4:00AM   Updated June 14. 2014 9:18PM

Hartford - To the vast relief of school kids, nutritionists, milk producers and lawmakers, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy used his veto power Thursday to kill a bill that would have banned chocolate milk sales in Connecticut schools.

"I love chocolate milk," said Malloy, whose staff emphasized the point Thursday morning by tweeting a photo of the governor drinking some. "I love chocolate shakes. I like chocolate. I'm also a big milk person. So, looking at this, this was the right decision to make."

He said the added sodium content in chocolate milk wasn't enough to warrant banning it from school cafeterias. The chocolate milk prohibition was a mistake by state education officials and legislators who were trying to keep high-sodium drinks away from school children by barring the sale of any beverages that have added salt.

What they apparently didn't realize was that the chocolate milk sold in schools also has a small amount of sodium added to it.

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