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Dietary Supplements (Schools)

Volume 448: debated on Thursday 6 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether education and library boards in Northern Ireland are using omega 3 and fish oil supplements in school meals; and whether boards have plans to use such supplements. (81855)

The education and library boards regularly provide certain foods in school meals that contain naturally occurring omega 3 and fish oils, and therefore do not currently provide these as supplements.

The Department of Education is currently considering responses to its consultation on new nutritional standards for school meals and other food in schools. One of the new food-based standards will ensure that oily fish is available at least once every three weeks.