When I wrote about new school lunch standards last month, I mentioned that there was some flexibility for schools in terms of the initially proposed meat and grain maximums. This flexibility was intended to be temporary, for the first school year of implementation. This was meant to allow schools and suppliers time to comply with the new standards. Unfortunately, the USDA announced yesterday that the flexible standards would become permanent. What does this mean? No maximum amounts for meat or grains served in school meals. Huge portions, huge kids. What a disappointing move by the USDA.