Nelson, M, Bradbury, Jane, Poulter, J, McGee, A, Mesebele, S and Jarvis, L (2004) School Meals in Secondary Schools in England. Research Report. Department for Education and Skills, London, UK.

Following concern about the quality of children’s diets and the contribution of school meals,
statutory National Nutritional Standards were reintroduced in April 2001. These standards set
out the frequency with which school caterers must provide items from the main food groups
(starchy foods, milk and dairy, fruit and vegetables, meat, fish and alternative sources of
protein). They apply to all maintained schools in England.
The Department for Education and Skills (DfES) and the Food Standards Agency (FSA)
commissioned a survey to assess compliance with the standards and to measure food
consumption in secondary school pupils. This report presents the findings from a nationally
representative sample survey of 79 secondary schools in England which provided information
about catering practice and food provision at lunchtime, and information on the food selections
of 5 695 secondary school pupils age 11-18 years.

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