UK members, IMPORTANT subject : school vending machines

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dear UK members and lurkers!!

you may have heard that the 'school food trust' are going to change the contents of school vending machines.

unhealthy foods, will be replaced by milk, water, fruit juice, nuts , seeds, fruit.

As a parent ( or allergic adult) what are your views on this? We only have until the end of this month to make our opinons on this heard.

please click on

[url="http://www.dfes.gov.uk"]www.dfes.gov.uk[/url]

'school food trust'

I have been asked to promote this subject by the food safety officer of the anaphylaxis campaign as its vital that your views are heard ASAP

Once you have posted the trust , i would be happy to cc your views to the campaign if required.

thanks

sarah

On Mar 17, 2006

Sarah, I couldnt find the link on the dfes webiste, what did you enter into the search box? Thanks, Jayne x

On Mar 17, 2006

Hi Beckysmum I couldn't find the link either however I think this is of the upmost importance for us to mail our views.

Did you know that we have a UK board too.....and please, by no means am I trying to pinch you from here as I am a regular poster of PA.com and come here for vluable information.. Just to let you know thats all, please email me for the link Sal

On Mar 17, 2006

Wow, this is just crazy. Especially considering the high rate of peanut allergy in UK. Isn't it 1 in 100 now?

Wish I could contribute but am in Ireland. Do you have Jamie Oliver to thank for this?

Barb

On Mar 18, 2006

please e-mail me direct and I will pass on details to you.

thanks sarah

On Mar 18, 2006

I am not sure , but I think this school vending issue will effect northan ireland, wales, but not scotland .

will find out. sarah

On Mar 18, 2006

Hey Sarah, I have e mailed you what I am considering e mailing to the Dept.

Take care Rach

On Mar 18, 2006

thanks for your replies.

have some questions for every nationality here!

What are everyones opinons on vending machines in school? If your school does sell lots of nuts /seeds , how do you feel that affects the risk of reaction?

Has anyone ever fought and won to have peanuts removed from senior school vending machines?

Is there any studies on school reactions only?

Or do you have no real opinon and feel that its ok for a schools to sell bags of peanuts? sarah

On Mar 19, 2006

I don't agree with having vending machines in school at all - I think a school tuck shop is a much better idea. This is not only because of food allergy reasons (although that is a large part of it) but also because I don't think it promotes good attitudes towards a healthy diet, because at the moment, all that is in the machines is sweets, chocolate and crisps.

A government report on the results of changes made in South Gloucestershire schools included comments on a total removal of all vending machines from all schools in the county and found the effect to be very positive in a number of ways.

Another reason (the food allergy one!) that I disagree with vending machines in schools is that their contents is decided by the owners of the machine (e.g. Cadbury's, Rowntrees, Nestle). These are essentially profit making companies who are less likely to consider the food allergy implications of the contents of their vending machine, and are in less of a place to do so. However, if vending machines were replaced by school tuck shops, the school, unlike a manufacturer, would be under no obligation to any specific company, and could make the relevant choices for their school, perhaps by banning peanut products etc, and this could be varied annually depending on which students are entering or leaving the school.

My school never had vending machines, so I don't think they're really needed, mainly because we never noticed that they weren't there! However, when I went to sixth form (16-18) there were vending machines, and I think that at this age I do not have so much of a problem with them. This is mainly because by this age people around you are far more aware and considerate and in my experience (and I know that I may just be lucky) try not to buy something that you're allergic to, and if for some reason they do, you are older and in a more mature environment to just avoid being near that person, without the negative repercussions that might occur in senior school.

Just my take on the matter, would be interested in hearing other views though!

Take care Rach

On Mar 19, 2006

thanks for your replies off board. please keep them coming.

further contact details

e-mail

[email]schoolmeals.consultation@dfes.gov.uk[/email]

or

0870 000 2288

or

[email]info@dfes.gsi.gov.uk[/email]

thanks.

sarah

On Mar 21, 2006

shamelessly re-raising sarah

On Mar 21, 2006

Oh for god sake now they want to kill us do they?

*vents* God...if thats the case..where can i sign a petition?

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