LA School District Agrees To Ban Flavored Milk In Wake of ‘Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution’ [VIDEO]

April 27, 2011 10:36 am

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In a sign of growth from the Los Angeles Unified School District, new superintendent John Deasy joined celebrity chef and health advocate Jamie Oliver on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” Tuesday night to announce the elimination of flavored milks in public schools.

The hot button issue of chocolate- and strawberry-flavored milk has been a top concern of Oliver’s in recent months, with the modified milks packing more sugar per ounce that in a can of soda. Deasy’s acknowledgment of the issue marks a big step in school food reform for the America’s second-largest school district.

“If my kid was in [John Deasy's] school district, I’d be proud to send my kid there,” said Oliver in the late night interview. “His standards and aspirations for where education and school food goes is locked right in.”

The change in policy comes in stark contrast to the LAUSD’s opposition towards Oliver in the past six months as chronicled in “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution,” which showed the chef being confronted with the threat of being arrested if he set foot on school property.

“America and Britain needs to be radical in its approach to the food revolution,” stressed Oliver. “The parents of L.A. and America need to start giving a sh** about what we feed kids.”

“Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution” airs Tuesday nights at 8/7c on ABC.