The Food Standards Agency’s policy on vending in schools

Nutrition & Food Science

ISSN: 0034-6659

Article publication date: 1 October 2004

Citation

(2004), "The Food Standards Agency’s policy on vending in schools", Nutrition & Food Science, Vol. 34 No. 5. https://doi.org/10.1108/nfs.2004.01734eab.026

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2004, Emerald Group Publishing Limited


The Food Standards Agency’s policy on vending in schools

Whether or not to have vending machines on school premises is a decision that is made by the head teacher and school’s governors. The Agency believes that vending machines allow students choice but they should contain products that help promote the messages taught in the curriculum. These messages are that we should eat a balanced diet based on starchy foods with plenty of fruit and vegetables, in which meat, fish, meat products, milk and dairy products are eaten in moderation and where foods high in fat and food and drink high in sugar are eaten sparingly.

Healthier drinks vending enables young people to make positive and healthier choices when it comes to maintaining their levels of fluid intake. Vending machines are a convenient option that schools use to provide drinks and snacks for children throughout the school day. Healthier drinks vending can also help the promotion of healthier eating messages taught in the curriculum.