Nurseries feed children junk food20th January 2010
A campaign has been launched to improve the food fed to children in nurseries.
As part of the Better Nursery Food Now campaign, undercover mums are being recruited to report on the quality of food being fed to young children in nurseries.
It follows concerns that youngsters are being fed on a budget of only 25p a meal and served up junk food.
The campaign is being run by the Soil Association and baby food manufacturer Organix and has seen the launch of a Facebook campaign calling on the government to set clear nutritional standards for all nurseries.
A petition has attracted more than 4,000 signatures and parents can also post their experiences of nursery food on the site.
A Soil Association spokeswoman said: "There are all these amazing things that have happened for school meals, but nothing for children in nurseries – who are arguably the most vulnerable. We think this is unacceptable, and we want changes to be made urgently."
Organix Spokeswoman Anna Guyer said: "We are looking for undercover mums who could go around two or three nurseries and complete a questionnaire about the food.”
The campaign’s 2008 report found that some nurseries spent very little per meal per child and that colourings and additives that are banned in manufactured foods for children were regularly being permitted in nurseries.
There is currently no compulsory training for nursery staff serving food though the Department for Children, Schools and Families said there was a legal requirement for all childcare providers to offer healthy and nutritious meals.
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Title: Nurseries feed children junk food
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 13827
Date Added: 20th Jan 2010