14 May 1999

School milk under threat

BRUSSELS could be about to pull the plug on the EU school milk programme, warns the Dairy Industry Federation.

The federation 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," says DIF president, Jim Begg. "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."

He says that, in recent years, a number of initiatives have been launched to promote milk consumption in schools, making milk more attractive and allowing it to compete with other drinks. &#42