School Meals

Department for Education written question – answered on 25th January 2018.

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Photo of Keith Vaz Keith Vaz Labour, Leicester East

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what information his Department holds on the number of school catering programmes which received nutritional and dietary training prior to setting menus in 2017.

Photo of Nadhim Zahawi Nadhim Zahawi The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

The department does not hold this information.

Our department supports the provision of nutritious food in schools to enable pupils to be well nourished, develop healthy eating habits and to concentrate and learn in school. Our school food standards regulate the food and drink provided during the school day, and foods high in fat, salt and sugar, as well as low quality reformed or reconstituted foods, are restricted. Resources such as the school food plan website can be used by schools and school caterers to ensure their menus comply with the standards.

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