13 July 2000
New rules boost meat in schools

By FWi staff

NEW minimum standards issued by the government could see red meat served in secondary schools at least three times a week.

The standards, expected to come into force by next April, will also see red meat served in primary schools at least twice a week.

The Meat and Livestock Commission hailed the move as “a great step forward”, saying it had always stressed the importance of red meat for children

Mike Attenborough, MLC technical director, said: “This announcement confirms the Governments commitment to the balanced diet.

“Red meat is an excellent source of iron and other micro-nutrients. It is important to the diet of all age groups and vital to the development of children.

“We will continue to do so, a great deal of work with schools to ensure that the important message of red meat, in a healthy balanced diet, gets through.”