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10/07/2017 09:07
In a seminar organised by Food Standards Scotland (FSS), Food & Drink Federation (FDF) Scotland, Which? and Cancer Research UK, key stakeholders and policy makers will discuss the key issues for tackling obesity in Scotland.

Taking place on 21 February 2018, the seminar will centre around the Scottish Government’s new Diet and Obesity Strategy and Physical Activity Delivery Plan, and the introduction of the Soft Drinks Industry Levy.

The event - including keynote addresses from Elspeth Macdonald, deputy chief...

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07/07/2017 15:07
A group of pupils from Chapter House Preparatory School in York were crowned McDougalls Young Baking Team of the Year at this year’s LACA: The Main Event on 6 July.

The students won the prestigious accolade thanks to their ‘Queen Ethelburga’s Mess’ creation, a recipe which included fresh strawberries, garden mints and locally sourced eggs which met the local produce theme of the competition.

Cooking in front of a live audience, nine-year olds Lara...

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LACA Awards for Excellence 2017 winners
07/07/2017 00:07
The Lead Association for Catering in Education (LACA) unveiled its 2017 Awards for Excellence winners last night at a gala dinner during its Main Event conference and exhibition at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole.

Sally Shadrack, chair of LACA, hosted the annual awards night at which 13 winners were honoured for their efforts and achievements in the world of school meals provision.

Judith Gregory, senior client officer with Cardiff Council had a double reason to celebrate, picking up the Roger...

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05/07/2017 13:07
At the LACA Main Event today LACA announced their first Roll of Honour for Professional Development

There are six organisations/schools that have been recognised for their commitment in using the Professional Standards. They are:

ISS Education – Mark Davies, Madie Ager-Warner & Roxana Troaca...

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05/07/2017 09:07

Chair of LACA Sally Shadrack said:

“Today we have had confirmation from the Government that Universal Infant Free School Meals is here to stay. This is wonderful news as millions of children, parents and schools will continue to benefit from nutritious and free meals throughout term time...

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05/07/2017 08:07
Schools minister Nick Gibb yesterday confirmed that the Government has shelved any plans it might have had to get rid of universal infant free school meals (UIFSM).

In its election manifesto the Conservative Party had proposed scrapping free lunches for all 5-7 year olds and replacing this with a subsidised breakfast scheme.

Responding to a question in the House of Commons yesterday from Labour's education spokesman Angela Rayner, Gibb said: "We have...

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Food Matters Live Heston Blumenthal
04/07/2017 10:07
Celebrated chef Heston Blumenthal will be among more than 50 leading lights from the worlds of politics, retail, manufacturing, science and health debating the impact of Brexit, the latest on the childhood obesity plan, the future of food design and a host of other hot topics at this year’s Food Matters Live conference at the ExCeL from November 21-23.

Former Sainsbury’s chief executive Justin King and neuroscientist Baroness Susan Greenfield will head an all-star cast of speakers taking part in the CPD (continuous professional development) accredited Food Matters Live education programme, which also includes ministers from the Departments of...

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ASA advertising food fat high salt sugar
03/07/2017 07:07
Tough new rules banning the advertising of high fat, salt or sugar (HFSS) food or drink products in children’s media came into force on July 1, according to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA). The rules will apply across all non-broadcast media including print and cinema, as well as online and in social media.

The rules will apply in media targeted at under-16s, and here's what they include:

* Ads that directly or indirectly promote an HFSS product cannot appear in children’s media.

* Ads for HFSS products cannot appear in other media where children make up over 25% of the audience....

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More children eating healthy lunches – new DfE data reveals
30/06/2017 10:06
New data from the Department for Education has revealed that the number of infants eating a healthy meal at lunchtime because of free school meals and universal infant free school meals has increased since last year.

Benefits-based free school meals figures have risen from 86.9% in 2016 to 87.5% in 2017. Universal infant free school meals figures were 84.8% in 2016 and are now at 85.9% for 2017.

The number of children eligible for free school meals has continued to drop and is now at its lowest since...

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Sugarwise certification label launches in Europe with backing from MEPS, WHO and EC representatives
29/06/2017 11:06
Sugarwise, a new mark to certify foods that are low in added sugars, has been launched in Europe with support from Members of the European Parliament (MEP), World Health Organization (WHO) and European Commission representatives.

Luke Fernandes, Sugarwise representative to the EU, said: “Whenever people see the label they will know that the product it appears on is guaranteed to be low in any of the sugars or sweeteners they need to worry about. The label is called Sugarwise.”

The label, which will be available...

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