Food standards

Is there a requirement to serve fruit and vegetables, how often is red meat and fish served, are burgers and sausage rolls still served, is bread served, is salt provided at the table, are chips still served and childrens packed lunch standards.  

Do the food-based standards specify which type of food should be served at school and how often?

Yes - A child’s healthy, balanced diet should consist of:

1. Plenty of fruit and vegetables

2. Plenty of unrefined starchy foods

3. Some meat, fish, eggs, beans and other non-dairy sources of protein

4. Some milk and dairy foods (and a small amount of food and drink high in fat, sugar and/or salt).

The School Foods Standards can be downloaded below:

School Foods Standards Guidance (pdf 919kb)

My child stays packed lunch, do the standards affect us?

No, not directly, unless your school Governing body and Headteacher have introduced their own rules/policies regarding packed lunches. It is advisable that you contact your child’s school in the first instance for advice on this matter.

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