The Washington Post

Connecticut legislators almost accidentally banned chocolate milk in schools

Gov. Dan Malloy (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images) Gov. Dan Malloy (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Connecticut lawmakers approved a bill Thursday that would have inadvertently banned chocolate milk in schools.

But Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) said Friday that he wouldn’t sign the law, which nutritionists predicted could lead to an overall decline in milk consumption across the state. 

“We’re not going to ban chocolate milk in schools,” Malloy told The Hartford Courant on Friday.

The law would have restricted the amount of added sodium in all foods as part of an effort to lower childhood obesity rates. Chocolate milk, which contains up to 90 milligrams of added sodium, would not have been allowed in school cafeterias starting this fall.

Dozens of school districts across the country, including Virginia, Florida and Oregon, have banned flavored milk, which has more fat and calories than non-flavored options.

Schools in Arlington, Va. banned chocolate milk in 2011, but reversed the decision months later after a fierce backlash.

Another big concern for Malloy?

“What were all those chocolate-milk producing cows going to do?” he told the Courant.



Success! Check your inbox for details. You might also like:

Please enter a valid email address

See all newsletters

Show Comments
Most Read



Success! Check your inbox for details.

See all newsletters

Your Three. Videos curated for you.
Play Videos
Sleep advice you won't find in baby books
In defense of dads
Scenes from Brazil's Carajás Railway
Play Videos
For good coffee, sniff, slurp and spit
How to keep your child safe in the water
How your online data can get hijacked
Play Videos
How to avoid harmful chemicals in school supplies
Full disclosure: 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1 ghoul
How much can one woman eat?
Play Videos
What you need to know about Legionnaires' disease
How to get organized for back to school
Pandas, from birth to milk to mom
Next Story
Niraj Chokshi · May 16, 2014

To keep reading, please enter your email address.

You’ll also receive from The Washington Post:
  • A free 6-week digital subscription
  • Our daily newsletter in your inbox

Please enter a valid email address

I have read and agree to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Please indicate agreement.

Thank you.

Check your inbox. We’ve sent an email explaining how to set up an account and activate your free digital subscription.