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Is there an appetite for free school meals?

Theresa May dropped plans to cut universal free lunches from the Queen’s Speech – but that doesn’t mean an expensive and unproven policy is safe. By David Burrows. On June 16th, Jamie Oliver suggested the prime minister would be committing “political suicide” if she tried to push plans to axe universal infant free school meals…
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Schools fear meals axe will hit health

Over 90% of schools believe that pupil health and nutrition would be impacted by the potential withdrawal of free school meals for all infants, according to new research. The survey by the Soil Association’s Food For Life programme found that three in five schools believe that pupil attainment would suffer if the policy was enacted.…
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New set of standards for food served in schools announced

EDUCATION SECRETARY Michael Gove has announced new regulations for school food will be introduced from January 2015.                     The new set of standards include at least one portion of vegetables a day, no more than two portions of fried food a week and only two portions…
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A head for fajitas

HEADTEACHERS AND their relationship with catering staff are central to the success of the new school food plan. But will it help increase 'stubbornly low' levels of take-up?                           When Simon Barber took over Carshalton Boys Sports College 10 years ago, only 4%…
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LACA serve up school meal for MP’s

MP'S GOT THE opportunity to see how much school dinners had improved since their time at school when the Local Authorities Caterers Association (LACA) served up lunch in the Houses on Parliament.   Sixty MP's and several peers were served a ‘real’ school food menu by dinner ladies, using a genuine school meal servery trolley.…
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Kids reveal all on school meals

A FIFTH OF school children think their dinners are not up to scratch. A similar number also say the meals could be healthier and want to see more fruit and salad on menus.   However, more than 40% are very happy with their meals – giving them top marks in a poll by the Sunday…
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A rotten year for public-sector food

HORSE MEAT in school meals, pork in prisoners' halal pies and a damning verdict on hospital catering have meant a troubled start to 2013 for catering companies.                           It might be a silly superstition, but 2013 is not turning out well for companies…
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Government urges caterers to cut salt

THE GOVERNMENT says that more companies in the catering and take-away sectors must commit to cutting salt from their meals.   Launching a new drive to cut salt consumption by 25%, public health minister Anna Soubry said the voluntary approach is working, but she wanted more caterers commit to the salt reduction pledges within the…
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