New Food Standards for School Food
As you may be aware, from January 2015, the Government has introduced New Food Standards for school food, underpinned in legislation by The Requirements for School Food Regulations 2014. The new standards were developed by the School Food Plan Standards Expert Panel and advised by The Children’s Food Trust’s (CFT) nutrition team. In order to ensure that Sefton's menus comply with the new standards, they have developed them in conjunction with the nutritionists at the CFT via their menu checking service. The CFT have nutritionally analysed not only Sefton's new menus, but also the recipes they use, their cooking methods and the food they purchase. Sefton is the first council in the country to follow this process for their primary school menus. To reflect this work, the menus now carry the CFT menu checked logo. The menu checked logo gives schools, parents and pupils the confidence that the food served provides the energy and nutrients that children need to do well at school. The menus have been developed not only to meet the new standards but also to give pupils a choice of their favourite meals. Sefton have also introduced some new menu choices, particularly the vegetarian offering, which is hoped will appeal to all pupils. On the advice of the CFT nutritionists, Sefton will be providing a choice of jacket potatoes on 2 days per week and sandwiches on 3 days per week. They will be offering a choice of 3 drinks each day - water, milk and fresh fruit juice. Whenever new menus are introduced, there may be some teething problems as pupils adjust to the changes. Please encourage your children during any period of adjustment, as in order for them to reap the full nutritional benefits of our menus, it is important that the full choice is offered.