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WASHINGTON (AP) - Michelle Obama says the kid winners of a nationwide healthy recipe contest show that nutritious food has a place in school lunchrooms.

Mrs. Obama was alluding to a dispute she's currently in with the School Nutrition Association over new federal standards to make school lunches more nutritious.

The group says the rules are too strict. It wants Congress to relax them and a bill pending in the Republican-controlled House would do just that.

The first lady and the nation's agriculture secretary say many schools are meeting the standards and oppose softening the rules.

Mrs. Obama commented Friday at a White House "state dinner" for the 54 winners of that national recipe contest.

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