School Meals: Standards

Department for Education written question – answered on 9th September 2019.

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Photo of Angela Rayner Angela Rayner Shadow Secretary of State for Education

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether it is his policy to maintain his Department’s current school food standards in the event of the UK leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement.

Photo of Rosie Duffield Rosie Duffield Labour, Canterbury

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the effect of the UK leaving the EU without a deal on food standards in schools.

Photo of Kemi Badenoch Kemi Badenoch The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

The department expects that all schools will meet the School Food Standards in a no-deal scenario. Our standards ensure that schools meals are healthy and nutritious, and restrict the amount of fat, sugar and salt that can be served during the school day.

The UK has a high level of food security built upon a diverse range of sources, including strong domestic production and imports from other countries. This will continue to be the case whether we leave the EU with or without a deal. The government is working in partnership with food suppliers to ensure this continues.

Our guidance for schools in relation to this matter is published on GOV.UK at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/eu-exit-no-deal-preparations-for-schools-in-england/eu-exit-no-deal-preparations-for-schools-in-england.

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