Laws & Policies

  • State Nutrition Laws
  • Federal Nutrition Laws
  • Key Policy Issues
  • Related Links

State Nutrition Laws

Indiana Code 34-30-23 grants immunity from civil liability for certain persons in the food and beverage industry including advertisers, marketers and advertising media , as to a claim concerning weight gain, obesity, a health condition associated with weight gain or obesity, or a generally known condition allegedly caused by or allegedly likely to result from the long term consumption of food or beverages.

Indiana Code 20-26-9-13 outlines requirements for the implementation of a school breakfast program within Indiana schools.

Indiana Code 20-26-9-19 specifies the foods and beverages that can be sold to students on school grounds and the nutritional requirements for such foods.

Federal Nutrition Laws

The 2014 Farm Bill 

Growing Change: A Farm Bill Primer for Communities.
This is a guide that explains the links between work being done at the community level and federal policy.

2009 Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act
The School Nutrition Association Website provides the latest information on the 2009 Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act.

Child Nutrition Promotion and School Lunch Protection Act 2009
The Improve School Foods website provides information on a bill to amend the Child Nutrition Act of 1966 to improve the nutrition and health of schoolchildren by updating the definition of "food of minimal nutritional value" to conform to current nutrition science and to protect the Federal investment in the national school lunch and breakfast programs.

Key Policy Issues

Food Safety
Food Marketing to Children
Menu Education and Labeling
Front of Package Food Labeling
School Food
Soft Drinks

Related Links

National Policy and Legal Analysis Network (NPLAN)

ChangeLab Solutions (formerly Public Health Law and Policy [PHLP])