The Nutritional Requirements for Food and Drink in Schools (Scotland) Regulations 2008 lays down the standards that must be followed by school catering providers.
The statutory nutrient standards for school lunches have been calculated to make sure your child's school lunch provides a third of their daily nutritional requirements. The nutrient standards represent the amount of energy (calories) and nutrients required to be provided by an average day's school lunch.
The standards also cover food served at other times of the day in school, for example at breakfast clubs and break times.
The focus is on getting the balance right and helping pupils make informed choices. A wide range of appealing healthy food and drink are available and the Government hopes that children and young people will be more inclined to opt for healthier choices, not only in school, but also outside school.
- Fruit and vegetables - two choices of fruit and vegetable available daily, excludes fruit juices.
- Oily fish - once every three weeks minimum, canned tuna does not comply.
- Extra bread - available everyday as meal accompaniment must include brown/wholemeal. Excludes “butteries” croissants or garlic bread.
- Oils and spreads - Only polyunsaturated/monounsaturated.
- Deep fried foods - Three times per week maximum and includes items deep fried during manufacture. This includes chips which can only be sold as part of a meal.
- Salt and condiments - additional salt cannot be provided. Condiments (sauces/relishes) must not be served in portions greater than 10ml.
- Confectionery - is not allowed. This includes chocolate (plain, milk, white, flakes and chips) chocolate coated products. Sweets (boiled, gelatine, sherbet and sugar free sweets), cereal bars, processed fruit bars, yoghurt coated fruit or nuts.
- Savoury snacks - Not permitted. However crackers, oatcakes, breadsticks, nuts and seeds (without added salt, sugar or fat) are allowed as is plain popcorn.
- Water - tap or bottled, still or carbonated.
- Skimmed/semi skimmed milk.
- Milk drinks/drinking yoghurt - hot or cold are permitted if they meet criteria – 10% sugar, 1.8% Fat a maximum of 20g if sugar per portion.
- Soya/Rice or oat drinks (enriched with calcium) - permitted if meets the criteria <1.8% fat, <5% sugar. A maximum of 10g sugar per portion.
- Fruit/vegetable juice - unsweetened Juice of less than 200ml portion is acceptable. ADVICE ONLY limit to meal times.
- Smoothies - acceptable to a maximum of 200ml portion. ADVICE ONLY limit to meal times.
- Fruit/water combinations - permitted with following criteria – no added sugar, <20g sugar per portion. Fruit content +50% but no more than 200ml juice per portion. Still or carbonated is permitted.
- Tea/coffee - permitted but only with skimmed/semi skimmed milk.
Standards outwith school lunch
- Fruit and vegetables - must be available at all food outlets.
- Oils and spreads - only polyunsaturated/monounsaturated.
- Savoury snacks - must meet the following criteria: Pack Size <25g, Fat <22%, Saturated Fat <2%, Sodium <0.6%, Sugar <3%.
- Salt and condiments - no additional salt. Sauces <10g.
- Confectionery - not allowed.
- Fried foods - not allowed.
- Drinks - same criteria as school lunches.