New York City Council Header
File #: Res 0849-2019    Version: * Name: DOE to offer lactose-free milk as a milk alternative to students upon request by a parent or guardian.
Type: Resolution Status: Committee
Committee: Committee on Education
On agenda: 4/18/2019
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution calling upon the New York City Department of Education to offer lactose-free milk as a milk alternative to students upon request by a parent or guardian.
Sponsors: Rafael Salamanca, Jr., Ben Kallos
Council Member Sponsors: 2
Attachments: 1. Res. No. 849, 2. April 18, 2019 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 3. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 4-18-19, 4. Minutes of the Stated Meeting - April 18, 2019

Res. No. 849

 

Resolution calling upon the New York City Department of Education to offer lactose-free milk as a milk alternative to students upon request by a parent or guardian.

 

By Council Members Salamanca and Kallos

 

Whereas, According to the United States (U.S) National Library of Medicine, lactose intolerance is the inability to digest lactose, a sugar in dairy products including milk; and

Whereas, The U.S. National Library of Medicine also reports that lactose products may cause individuals who are lactose intolerant to experience abdominal pain, nausea, bloating, and diarrhea within 30 minutes to 2 hours after consumption; and

Whereas, While there is limited New York City specific data on the number of lactose intolerant individuals, about 65 percent of the human population has a decreased ability to digest lactose following infancy, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine; and

Whereas, The Nemours Foundation reports that individuals of African, Asian, Hispanic, and Native American backgrounds are more likely to develop lactose intolerance at a young age; and

Whereas, During school year 2017-18, Asian, Black and Hispanic students represented about 16 percent, 26 percent and 41 percent respectively, of the New York City Department of Education’s (DOE) student population; and

Whereas, Despite the prevalence of lactose intolerance and its impact on lactose intolerant individuals, New York City’s Department of Education (DOE) do not require schools to provide lactose-free milk to students who are lactose intolerant; and

Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York calls upon the New York City Department of Education to offer lactose-free milk as a milk alternative to students upon request by a parent or guardian.

 

LS #9110

4/8/19

KJ