Junk food to be banned in schools Foods high in fat, salt or sugar are to be banned from meals and vending machines in English schools. The ban has been announced by Education Secretary Ruth Kelly at the Labour Party conference.
Vending machines in schools will not be allowed to sell chocolates, crisps or fizzy drinks, Ms Kelly announced.
The School Meals Review Panel next week will give details of the nutritional standards for ingredients to be allowed in school meals. "I am absolutely clear that the scandal of junk food served every day in school canteens must end," said Ms Kelly. "So today I can announce that we will ban poor quality processed bangers and burgers being served in schools from next September."
The review panel, an expert advisory group, was set up after a campaign to improve school meals by TV chef Jamie Oliver.
In response, the government promised extra funding to bring the primary school meal budget up to 50p per pupil per day, with 60p for secondaries - and created the panel to set minimum nutritional standards. These will be introduced from this term - and will become mandatory from September 2006.
Monitoring the standards of food served to pupils will be part of the responsibility of Ofsted school inspectors.
Speaking on BBC Breakfast, Ms Kelly said it was "common sense" that some sorts of foods should be excluded from school menus.
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