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On 1 Jan 2015, new school food standards were introduced, replacing & simplifying the previous ones which had been in place since 2008 for primary & 2009 for secondary schools. They were introduced following, an independent review (School Food Plan) found that the existing food standards were considered difficult to understand and use, particularly the nutritional analysis of recipes and menus

The new standards remove the need to nutritionally analyse menus and are based on the following food groups:

  • Starchy foods
  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Meat, fish, eggs, beans and other non-dairy sources of protein
  • Milk and dairy
  • Foods and drinks high in fat, sugar and salt
  • Plus, healthier drinks

The standards emphasise the need to provide a variety of foods across the food groups and ensure that certain foods for example fried and processed foods are limited.

They apply to all local authority maintained schools, academies and free schools set up before 2010

Menu Matters can help…

Menu Matters can audit your school menus and advise on measures needed to ensure compliance to current regulations.

  • Support with nutritional guidelines and regulations
  • Menu planning
  • Cost reduction opportunities

Further information on school lunches can be found on the following sites :

The Children’s Food Trust