|February 10, 2005, as reported
by just-food.com: School meals in England will be subject
to stricter health regulations beginning in September according to
an announcement made by education and skills secretary Ruth Kelly.
The initial round of improvement will focus on processed food,
including reductions to the fat, salt and sugar content of foods
such as beef burgers, sausages and cakes. Tougher standards for
school meals will follow in 2006.
Secretary Kelly challenged parents to take the lead along with
those of the food industry, caterers, nutritionist and food interest
groups in realizing improvements in childhood nutrition.
Thursday’s announcements were based on the Public Health
White Paper, published in November 2004, which set out commitments
to introduce a new vocational qualification for school caterers
to help them promote healthy food; offer more help for schools and
local education authorities in drawing up catering contracts to
source healthy school meals’ services, and healthy food in
vending machines, tuck shops, or breakfast clubs; make healthy eating
part of the Ofsted school inspection process; and introduce tougher
minimum standards for school meals, in which the use of nutrient-based
standards will be strongly considered.
"Children's health must come first. We want to make sure that
children have access to healthy diets both in and out of school.
Our Public Health White Paper takes action to tackle childhood obesity
not only through providing healthier food during the school day
but by giving people the information and support they need to make
healthy choices - for themselves and their children," said
John Reid secretary of state for health.