The Fresh Produce Consortium (FPC) is calling on the Government to improve its 5-a-day action plan after research by the University of Leeds shows that the majority of children’s lunch boxes are failing to provide a healthy diet.
The research shows that just 1% of children’s lunch boxes meet the nutritional standards set for school meals.
FPC claims that this information indicates that the Department of Health’s 5-a-day plan has not yet fully translated into a widespread adoption of a healthy diet and greater consumption of fresh produce.
It therefore wants the Government to build on the success of schemes likes its School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme, which is part of the 5-a-day plan.
FPC’s Nigel Jenney said: FPC has been lobbying the UK Government to expand the successful School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme which has proved that it can increase consumption of fresh produce and establish healthy eating habits among young children.
Many UK fresh produce businesses are involved in the School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme. We want more children to have the chance to eat fresh fruit and vegetables at school and to develop good eating habits at an early age.
Leeds' research also found that only one in 5 packed lunches contain any vegetables or salad and only half of them included an item of fruit.
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