Dairy industry welcomes Government school milk plans
23 June 2014 | By Alistair Driver
THE Government’s decision to require schools to provide free milk for children will help shape future consumption trends,
according to the NFU.
Education Secretary Michael Gove recently announced new food standards regulations for schools, intended to ensure the
school diet is healthier for children.
The new regulations, which will come into effect on January 1 2015, state that semi skimmed milk should be available every
day to children every day in order to address concerns about low calcium levels in children.
The regulations will also require one or more portions of vegetables or salad as an accompaniment every day and at least
three different fruits, and three different vegetables each week.
Limits will be set on the quantity of sugary and fried foods served up each week.
NFU chief dairy adviser, Rob Newbery, said the announcement was good news for Britain’s dairy farmers.
“The fresh liquid milk market in the UK is almost unique in Europe and the world,” he said.
“By providing fresh milk for children in schools, not only are we improving the nutritional profile of their meals, we’re also
shaping consumption trends in the future.
“Dairy farmers will continue to produce a high quality nutritious product, so its great news that the market for their milk is
being developed in this positive way.”
Dairy UK chief executive Judith Bryans said the habits children pick up at an early age can have a major effect on their
health in later life.
“Therefore it is essential children get the best possible start which means encouraging a healthy diet and helping kids to
reach their growth potential at a normal weight.
“Encouraging milk consumption alongside that of fruits and vegetables as part of a package of measures can help to
improve the diets of the nation’s children,” she said