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New rules for healthier school meals - what's your opinion?

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: June 17, 2014

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SCHOOLS are facing a crackdown on serving fatty and sweet foods in meals in a new plan launched today by the Government.

Milk must also be available to primary and secondary pupils during the school day under the new rules.

From January pupils will only be offered two portions of deep-fried, battered and bread-crumb coated foods each week.

Pastry-based dishes will be subject to the same restrictions, schools will be completely banned from offering chocolate and confectionery in canteens and tuck shops, and salt will not be available for pupils to add to food after it is cooked.

The revised school food standards will be mandatory in all maintained schools, new academies and free schools.

Other requirements are:

*One or more portions of vegetables or salad to be served as an accompaniment every day.

*At least three different fruits, and three different vegetables each week.

*Desserts, cakes and biscuits only allowed at lunchtime and must not contain confectionery.

*Condiments must be limited to portions of no more than 10g or one teaspoonful.

*Limiting fruit juice portions to 150ml and emphasising water as a drink.

*Restricting the amount of added sugars or honey in other drinks to 5%.

*A portion of meat, fish, eggs or beans to be offered every day.

*No snacks except nuts, seeds, vegetables and fruit with no added salt, sugar or fat.

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