NEWS that new school lunch standards will mean all English schoolchildren
will have a minimum of two meals a week containing fresh red meat
has been given a warm reception by the Meat and Livestock Commission
The new standards, announced by the Department of Education and
Skills, mean primary school children will get at least two red
meat meals a week and secondary school children three.
On top of that further meals can be served containing red meat
products such as good quality burgers and sausages.
Richard Lowe, Consumer Affairs Director, said: "We have worked
closely with the DfES on these new standards and are extremely
pleased that both red meat and meat products will be extensively
featured on school menus in the future.
"The MLC also recommends that, because beef is the richest
source of iron available, that those few schools not already serving
it now change their policy and include it on their menus.
"The emphasis will be on high quality meat for school meals
and that means meat which has been produced under a quality assurance
scheme such as those run by the English Beef and Lamb Executive
and the British Pig Executive."
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