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Poland: More fruit and veg in school canteens

Poland's Health Minister signed a decree setting out the foods that can be sold in school canteens. The new rules prohibit the sale of junk food in schools. This means that companies have to adjust its supply to the new regulations.

To allow or ban certain foods the Ministry has elaborated a list which takes into account aspects such as nutritional value and health and nutritional standards.

It has been stressed that the regulation is primarily educational in nature. "It has to teach children, schools and families what is healthy and safe nutrition. We must give a clear signal and eliminate from school fatty, salty and sugary foods that are a major cause of obesity. If we do not teach children how to eat properly, in several years we will become a society of obese, sick and unhappy people; we will never catch up with other Europeans in terms of quality and length of life. And we know that for an adult it is more difficult to change eating habits created years ago during their childhood and youth," reads the statement from the Ministry of Health.

The regulation will serve to promote the consumption of vegetables, fruits and foods rich in calcium, as well as drinking water; canteens will also offer juices and smoothies.


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