USDA has issued clarification about when and how CN labels can be used
to document credit toward the school meal requirements. The Nov. 26,
distributed to State Agencies restates previous policies bringing into
question the utility of CN Labels for the school customer and the
memo makes the statement "when a valid CN label is provided, State
reviewers must not request additional crediting information such as a
product formulation statement". The preceding information requires the
school food service office to have an actual label peeled, scanned or
photographed from a delivered case of product, or a bill of lading
showing the CN ID number. Is that the definition of "valid CN label"?
so, schools or states could more easily ask for a product formulation
statement, rather than tracking down actually product labels.
current policy requires schools prove they have purchased the CN label
product, but not a food item that has a product formulation statement.
though USDA as a policy stating state agencies cannot ask for a Product
Formulation Statement, the definition of a "valid CN label" is more
arduous for the school than having Product Formulation Statement. Many
in industry are still providing Product Formulation statement because
it helps their school customers comply with regulations.