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Pop and choc ban for schools

3rd March 2006

Draft guidelines issued yesterday by the government-appointed School Food Trust (SFT) say that nuts, seeds and yoghurt drinks will replace crisps, chocolate and fizzy drinks in tuck shops, after-school clubs and vending machines, in moves to tackle child obesity.

Children will be allowed to have milk, yoghurt drinks, water and fruit juices as well as tea, coffee and low-calorie hot chocolate. Crisps will be banned at all times, but cakes and biscuits will be allowed at lunch and in after-school clubs.

Parents will also be issued with guidelines on food high in fat and sugar which should not be included in their children’s packed lunches.

The laws to wean children off sweets and chocolate will be among the toughest in the world.They come days after the Audit Commission attacked the Government for its indecision and lack of leadership over the implementation of measures to curb child obesity. The SFT said that about a quarter of children were obese or overweight and 53 per cent of the 4-18 age group had dental decay.

The Automatic Vending Association, whose machines are only in secondary schools and Masterfoods, which supplies Mars and Snickers bars, are both disappointed that an educated choice approach wasn't adopted, emphasising a balanced diet and active lifestlye.

The Education and Inspections Bill, which was published this week, requires governing bodies and local authorities to comply with healthy eating regulations and gives ministers power to ban specific types of food and drink from schools, applying the rules also to food or drink provided by contractors under arrangements made with LEAs or governing bodies.


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