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School meals fail to meet nutrition targets

Published torsdag 19 april 2012 kl 07.37
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Barely half of schools in Sweden live up to the requirement contained in the new school law to serve nutrient rich food at lunchtime. A nationwide study by the Karolinska Institute (KI) found that only 6.3 percent of school dinners meet the required levels of iron, Vitamin D, and fibre.

KI's national survey, which is featured in Thursday's edition of Svenska Dagbladet newspaper, found that fewer than half of the 191 schools surveyed last spring followed the nutrition recommendations brought in by the government in 2011, while sixty-six percent cook food in their own kitchen.

The National Food Agency advises that school children should be offered at least two dishes, plus a vegetarian alternative, but almost half of all schools only have one dish on the menu.

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