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Dining halls implement portion control in response to FDA protocol


Harris and Commons dining halls are serving smaller portion sizes in response to a change in the Food and Drug Administration’s protocol.

In an effort to meet the FDA’s expectations, Chartwells is in the process of implementing portion control in buffet-style dining halls and nutrition information displays in the Den and the Lair, said Amanda Sherman, director of marketing for Chartwells.

According to the FDA, the updated regulations are designed to give consumers the opportunity to be informed about what they’re eating.

The FDA guidelines require the food service industry, by January 2017, to place calorie and nutrition information on their products. The guidelines were originally implemented last year.

Local farmers discuss flood devastation, ongoing drought conditions


San Marcos farmers have had to a lot to adjust to in the past few months after record-breaking floods followed by the return of Stage 2 drought conditions.

Some local farmers are still trying to bounce back after they lost entire crops to the rising waters of the Blanco River during the Memorial Day weekend flooding. 

Daniel Velasquez, a San Marcos Farmer’s Market vendor of three years, lost nearly his entire crop due to the May floods. 

“(The flood) affected a lot,” Velasquez said. “(I had) 65 plants and the river took them all.”

Velasquez said even the crops that survived had their growth stunted by the weather. 

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