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New Food Law for French School Cafeterias

New Food Law for French School Cafeterias

Published on October 7, 2011
A decree proposed by the Ministry of Food and Agriculture will improve nutrition for six million students nationwide.

On October 2nd, new legislation was passed in France concerning the nutritional balance of lunches served in schools.

Several new rules concerning the nutritional quality and the quantity of some products will be applied in cafeterias serving more than 80 people. Fried products will not be served more than once a week. Fat and sweet products will also be limited. Fresh vegetable or fresh fruits and cooked vegetables will be included in half of the meals. Salt and condiments (ketchup, mayonnaise, salad dressing) will no more be left on self service. Regarding the quantity, a range of portions considered appropriate for each age has been released. Four to five different main dishes will be served each lunch period, and will include a garnish and dairy product.

Bruno Le Maire, Minister of Food and Agriculture, has made promoting healthy eating in school cafeterias a priority of his administration.

These new regulations will affect 6 million students. Nutritional rules existed, but according to French Minister of Food and Agriculture, Bruno Le Maire, they were neither applied nor monitored. From now on, managers of cafeterias will report to a registry, providing documents certifying the composition of the meals served. For students who may be hungry with these kinds of meals, the new law also requires that students can get as much bread as they want.

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