FOOD FOCUS — BREAKFAST: MASTERING HEALTHY OPTIONS —
Marine Corps Menu Is Prepared for Revised DoD Standard
When the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) last reviewed and revised its master menu in 2012, the primary focus was to continue increasing healthy options, such as featuring more foods that are lower in total, saturated and trans fats.
Having set that course, the Marine Corps already has a wide variety of healthy options available and anticipates it will not have to make dramatic changes when revised Department of Defense (DoD) menu standards are released once the final review is complete.
No release date has been announced, but the revised DoD menu standards contain a range of recommendations organized across many food categories, such as vegetables, fruits, grains, meats, dairy, etc.
The Marine Corps updates its master menu at least every three years. It also reviews menus annually and makes changes in response to customer feedback collected through patron surveys, as well as market trends and updated scientific evidence.
As a result, the USMC recipe database consistently provides a wide variety of healthy options. The USMC follows a 21-day menu cycle except for breakfast, which is typically on a weekly rotation because of the more limited variety of items. ...