Official: School Lunch Rules Have Created Black Market for Salt, Sugar

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act supported by first lady Michelle Obama has ended up creating a black market for condiments such as salt, pepper, and sugar because the food tastes so bland, a congressional committee was told on Wednesday.

In testimony before the House Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education, John S. Payne, the president of Blackford County School Board of Trustees in Hartford City, Indiana, related how children have resorted to drastic measures to make their food taste better, The Washington Free Beacon reports.

“Perhaps the most colorful example in my district is that students have been caught bringing  — and even selling — salt, pepper and sugar in school to add taste to perceived bland and tasteless cafeteria food,” Payne told the committee. “This ‘contraband’ economy is just one example of many that reinforce the call for flexibility.”