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Chamber and committees

Question ref. S5W-07918

Date lodged: 9 March 2017

Question

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to ensure that nutritious and healthy food and drink is being served in schools.

Current status: Answered by John Swinney on 21 March 2017


Answer

The Nutritional Requirements for Food and Drink in Schools (Scotland) Regulations 2008 set high nutritional standards that all food and drink provided in schools must meet. That includes lunches, tuck shops, breakfast clubs and vending machines. On 5 March 2017, the Scottish Government announced a review of these regulations to take into account changes in scientific and dietary advice and review whether school food provision can be further improved. The duties included in the regulations stem from the Schools (Health Promotion and Nutrition (Scotland)) Act 2007. These are monitored by Education Scotland Health and Nutrition Inspectors who advise school catering teams on how they can improve what they offer in schools.