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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-23315: Michelle Ballantyne (South Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 21 May 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on the use of nitrites in school meals.

Answered by: John Swinney 4 June 2019

The Scottish Government will be publishing the consultation report and detail on the changes to be made to the school food and drink Regulations, including action on red processed meat before the end of the June.

In 2018 we consulted on proposals put forward by a scientific technical working group which reflected latest scientific evidence and dietary advice to make school food and drink even healthier. This included a proposal to introduce a maximum level of red and red processed meat served in schools.

We are committed to supporting the health and wellbeing of our children and young people and recognise the key role schools have by providing healthy, balanced and nutritious food and drink.