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By EMERY P. DALESIO
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina public schools are moving toward rules to cut down on empty-calorie snacks and soft drinks.

A state House committee on Tuesday recommended legislation that would lead to rules for school vending machines, snack bars, and some student fundraisers. The rules are scheduled to take effect in the fall of 2012 if the legislation passes the General Assembly and is signed into law.

The bill tells the state Board of Education to adopt statewide nutritional rules that limit the calories, fat, sugar, and sodium content of the soft drinks and snacks sold on school campuses. The rules expand on current state law limiting school vending machines.

Candy and other snacks sold at high school fundraisers after lunch or at extracurricular events wouldn’t be restricted.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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