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Red Meat - The School Meal Essential

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 (MLC).

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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