Gov. Dannel Malloy made it clear Friday that he’s not going to let a legislative error stop chocolate milk from being offered in Connecticut schools.
“We’re not going to ban chocolate milk in schools,” Malloy said following an event at the XL Center in Hartford.
The governor said he’s still waiting for the legislation that includes the chocolate milk ban to arrive on his desk. The bill was passed on the final day of the General Assembly session and included a provision to cut down on sodium in school cafeteria drinks to help fight the childhood obesity epidemic.
But the restrictions on added salt would also have the “inadvertent” effect of banning chocolate milk, which contains 60-90 milligrams of added sodium.
Malloy said he believes the goal of reducing sodium levels for school kids is an admirable goal, but doesn’t think eliminating chocolate milk is a good idea.
Nutritionists say schools that get rid of cafeteria chocolate milk see an overall reduction in student milk consumption and warn that could mean many kids will miss out on key nutrients that milk contains.
Malloy had another, more humorous reason for not banning flavored milk from schools:
“What were all those chocolate-milk producing cows going to do?” he asked.