Schools’ canteens, food inspection and junk food!

Schools who provide healthy food to children could earn themselves prizes, while unhealthy school canteens could be caught out by teams of ‘food inspectors.’

According to the Daily Telegraph, the new incentives to straighten out school lunches comes after claims by the Healthy Kids Association that schools are failing to enforce healthy food guidelines.

One-third of the NSW schools have cakes, biscuits and confectionery on their menus, 82 per cent sell chips and 15 per cent have soft drinks.

One-third of the NSW schools have cakes, biscuits and confectionery on their menus, 82 per cent sell chips and 15 per cent have soft drinks (stock image)

The non-profit Healthy Kids Association has demanded that the standard of healthy menus required by schools by the NSW Healthy School Canteen Strategy be enforced.

Chief executive Jo Gardner said to ensure schools followed the rules, a random selection should be monitored by an ‘expert third party’.

The association executive added that schools who comply with nutritional standards should be rewarded with books, sports gear or new kitchen equipment.

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