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New rules on canteen food

Strict legal limits on fried foods, salt and sugar to come into force in every school by the end of this year

SCHOOL canteens are to be required by law to serve less fried food and more fruit and veg by the end of this year.

The new agricultural and fishing reform law, passed yesterday, sets a limit of one fried item of food a week in school lunches.

According to the government, about half of canteens are applying the limit already. The recommendation can now be legally enforced.

Canteens will be required to draw up a menu over 20 days that includes no more than four fried items.

The same limit applies to starters including meat and desserts that are too fatty or sugary, such as crème brûlée or ice cream.

All of the 20 items should include some sort of fruit or vegetable. At least four should include fish and at least eight a calcium-rich cheese.

There are also limits on cooking oils and the use of salt, which must be added by the cooks and not left on the table for children to help themselves.

The new rules will also apply to retirement homes and prisons.

Photo: Wolf183-

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