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UK: New food guidelines means junk food likely to banned in British schools from September

The School Food Trust has given British Education Secretary Ruth Kelly advice on food standards for schools. They apply to all food provided in schools including vending machines, tuck shops and cafeterias. Advice on school lunch boxes will come later in the year.

The Guardian says that the new standards are expected to be agreed by Ms Kelly and will recommend:

  • No confectionery should be sold in schools
  • No bagged savoury snacks other than nuts and seeds – and these must be without added sugar or salt
  • A variety of fresh fruit and vegetables should be available
  •  All children should have access to fresh free chilled water at all times, and this should not be in the toilet block
  • The only other drinks available should be bottled water, low fat milk, pure fruit juices, yoghurt and milk drinks with less than 5% sugar, or drinks made from these such as smoothies, tea or coffee. Artificial sweeteners will be allowed but only in these types of drinks

The advice does not apply to lunchboxes or fundraising events.

Source: The Guardian, 3 March 2006

School snack ban plans proposed

 Source: BBC news, 3 March 2006

Turning the Tables: Transforming School Food – Recommendations for the Development and Implementation of Revised School Lunch Standards

Last year Britain’s Department for Education and Skills asked The School Food Trust to develop recommendations for standards for non-school lunch food. This is the food not served at lunchtime, coming from other school outlets such as vending machines and tuck shops.

DfES plans to announce the standards early in 2006. They should begin to come into force from the Autumn school term 2006.

Source: DfES website

Labour will ban school junk food

If Labour wins the election it plans to draw up a hit list of unhealthy foods to be banned from school dinner menus. Legislation will stop school canteens serving foods high in fat and salt including sausages, hamburgers and some brands of fish fingers.

Source: Sunday Times, 1 May 2005

Published on March 3, 2006 in International news