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Omega 3 Supplements

Volume 454: debated on Monday 11 December 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the effects on educational performance of recent pilots of schools giving pupils omega 3 supplements. (107729)

The Food Standards Agency comments as follows: ”On 6 July 2006, the Food Standards Agency published the findings of a systematic review of research, which looked at the effect of nutrition and diet on performance and behaviour of children in schools. The review concluded that there was insufficient evidence to reach a firm conclusion on the effect of diet and the education or learning of the general population. The Food Standards Agency’s recommendation, therefore, continues to be that we should eat at least two portions of fish a week, including one of oily fish, as part of a healthy balanced diet.”

The new nutrition standards implemented from September 2006 will help to encourage children to meet the Food Standards Agency’s recommendation, by stipulating regular inclusion of oily fish in school menus.