Leicestershire healthy schools

Launch of new School Food Standards - checklists

Launch of new School Food Standards - checklists

The governement has launched a new set of standards for all food served in schools. They will be mandatory in all maintained schools, and new academies and free schools from January 2015.

The new standards are designed to make it easier for school cooks to create imaginative, flexible and nutritious menus. The new standards include:

•1 or more portions of vegetables or salad as an accompaniment every day
•at least 3 different fruits, and 3 different vegetables each week
•an emphasis on wholegrain foods in place of refined carbohydrates
•an emphasis on making water the drink of choice:
•limiting fruit juice portions to 150mls
•restricting the amount of added sugars or honey in other drinks to 5%
•no more than 2 portions a week of food that has been deep fried, batter coated, or breadcrumb coated
•no more than 2 portions of food which include pastry each week

The School Food Trust has produced some excellent resources including an easy to follow outline to the new standards. Click here to download a guide to the changes.

There are also checklists for school caterers and cooks and a list and definition of drinks permitted in schools. Click here to access the resources and find out more.

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