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School Meals: Standards

Volume 487: debated on Monday 26 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether the updated regulations on food-based standards for school lunches have been implemented. (246995)

All schools have to meet the food-based standards for school lunches which were introduced in September 2006 and, since September 2007, they have had to meet the food-based standards for other school food such as tuck shops, vending and breakfast clubs.

The School Food Trust has launched a web-based tool that helps schools assess whether the food and drink they provide at lunchtime and at other times of the school day meets the food-based standards. All schools in England are being encouraged to use the checklist to assess their own compliance with the food-based standards.

Nutrient-based standards were introduced for primary school lunches in September 2008 and will be introduced in secondary and special schools in September 2009.