The Liberal Democrat opposition group on Cardiff Council have expressed shock and disappointed at the large amount of processed food being offered to some of the city’s youngest school children in local authority schools.
Following Jamie Oliver’s exposé about the state of school dinners in England the National Assembly passed the Healthy Eating in Schools Measure 2009 championed by former AM, Baroness Jenny Randerson. The Measure was meant to raise standards in school food, but there is still an alarming amount of processed food and deserts that are high in sugar or artificial sweeteners.
In the 15 schools days in July, fish fingers were served on 4 occasions, sugary deserts were served on 11 out of 15 days including, 4 chocolate-based deserts. Fruit salad only appeared once.
Councillor Joseph Carter raised this issue with city chiefs at Thursday’s full council meeting. He said: “Hard working parents across Cardiff are entrusting this council to given their children a wholesome, well-balanced lunch that is meant to act as their main meal of the day, but the Labour controlled council is not stepping up to the plate.
“There is too much processed food and too many sugary puddings. “
Eluned Parrott, Welsh Lib Dem AM for South Wales Central, added: “Wales is facing a public health crisis due to the number of people who are overweight or obese. Cardiff Council needs to build a healthy menu, full of fruit, vegetables and non-processed food, so that our children get the healthy start in life they deserve.”