Young chocolate milk lovers rejoice; Malloy doesn’t support a ban in schools

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy will not go along with the idea of banning chocolate milk in Connecticut’s public schools.

The state legislature passed such a ban near the end of its session this year and it’s been uncertain if Malloy would sign or veto the bill.

The answer came today in the form of a statement by Andrew Doba, communications director for Malloy.

Doba said the governor “is not supportive of banning chocolate milk in public schools. While we must be extremely mindful of the nutritional value of what’s offered to students, ensuring an appropriate array of options helps to ensure that kids receive the calcium and other nutrients they need.”

Provision part of a broader bill

The chocolate milk prohibition was part of a broader education bill, and Doba said Malloy and his staff will thoroughly review the entire bill before deciding what specific action to take.

But it appears the governor will not approve the part of the bill with the chocolate milk ban, perhaps through a veto or by having the legislature pass a revised version of the bill later.

Improving students’ food choices

The prohibition would be part of the ongoing attempt to eliminate poor food choices from school menus, especially those high in fat and sodium. Chocolate milk had added salt, compared to regular milk.

But critics of the ban point out that having chocolate milk on the menu leads to greater consumption of milk by youngsters, with all its nutritional benefits.

No other state bans chocolate milk in schools although some school districts within Connecticut do prohibit the use of flavored milk, according to media reports.