14 May 1999
School milk under threat, warn dairies

by FWi staff

THE Dairy Industry Federation (DIF) believes that Brussels could be about to pull the plug on the European Union school milk programme.

The federation, which represents UK dairy processors, believes the future of school milk could be threatened by a review of the EU subsidy programme.

Cutting the subsidy could have long-term consequences for the health of the country for years to come, said Jim Begg, DIF president.

The fact that many young children are deficient in calcium at the moment is already cause for concern for parents, nutritionists and schools.

This problem would be severely exacerbated if EU funding for school milk programmes is cut.

A number of initiatives have been launched in recent years to promote milk consumption in schools and make milk more attractive to school children.