New rules for healthy eating in schools

In readiness for the new term, new healthy eating rules have come into force for school meals in England. Amongst other things, the new Regulations state that:

  • There should be one or more portions of salad or vegetables served as an accompaniment every day
  • The emphasis should be on water as the drink of choice
  • Fruit juice should be limited to 150ml
  • There should be no more than two portions per week of food that is deep-fried, battered or coated in breadcrumbs

Academies founded between 2010 and 2014 are exempt from the new regulations. However, many have signed up voluntarily and it is hoped that more will do so in the future.