Foods that must be available:
A variety of fruits and/or vegetables must be available in all school food outlets.
These could include for example:
- Whole or pieces of fresh fruit
- Canned fruit in natural juice
- Raw vegetables
There is a wide range of other foods that are not covered by the standards that can still be provided in school food outlets (see section 7).
Foods that can be provided if specific criteria are met:
- Dried fruit (with no added sugar or salt).
- If condiments are available, they must only be dispensed in no more than 10ml portions.
This includes for example: tomato ketchup, brown sauce, salad cream, mayonnaise, mustard, pickles and relishes.
- Only savoury snacks that have reduced amounts of fat, saturated fat, sodium and sugar and in a pack size no more than 25 grams are allowed.
This includes for example: crisps, crisp-like products, pretzels, salted or sweetened popcorn, rice crackers, cream crackers, oatcakes and bread sticks.
See Annex 4 for a detailed step-by-step guide on how to select savoury snacks that meet this criteria.
Foods that cannot be provided:
No chocolate and chocolate products (e.g. bars of milk, plain or white chocolate, chocolate flakes, buttons, or chocolate-filled eggs, and chocolate spread)
Chocolate coated products (e.g. partially or fully-coated biscuits, chocolate coated fruits or nuts, choc ices and chocolate-coated ice-cream and cereals coated with chocolate)
No sweets including sugar-free sweets (e.g. boiled, gum/gelatine, liquorice, mint and other sweets, lollypops, fudge, tablet, toffee, sherbet, marshmallows and chewing gum)
No chocolate, yoghurt or sugar-coated dried fruit and nuts
Cereal bars, processed fruit sweets and bars
No fried foods, including products deep-fried in the manufacturing process
This includes for example: chips, pakora, spring rolls, potato waffles, potato wedges, fried bacon, fried sausages, fried burgers and pre-prepared coated, battered and breaded products, e.g. chicken nuggets, fish fingers, potato shapes, battered onion rings and doughnuts.
No savoury snacks, with a fat, saturated fat, sodium and sugar content over the criteria specified on page 61, and in a pack size greater than 25g
No additional salt should be provided