UK members, IMPORTANT subject : school vending machines

Posted on: Thu, 03/16/2006 - 7:02pm
williamsmummy's picture
Offline
Joined: 03/26/2002 - 09:00

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

Posted on: Thu, 03/16/2006 - 11:10pm
anonymous's picture
Offline
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

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

Posted on: Fri, 03/17/2006 - 7:39am
mizzimojo's picture
Offline
Joined: 02/28/2005 - 09:00

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

Posted on: Fri, 03/17/2006 - 8:23am
barb1123's picture
Offline
Joined: 04/08/2000 - 09:00

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

Posted on: Fri, 03/17/2006 - 8:27pm
williamsmummy's picture
Offline
Joined: 03/26/2002 - 09:00

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

Posted on: Fri, 03/17/2006 - 8:30pm
williamsmummy's picture
Offline
Joined: 03/26/2002 - 09:00

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

Posted on: Sat, 03/18/2006 - 12:20am
Rach's picture
Offline
Joined: 05/01/2001 - 09:00

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

Posted on: Sat, 03/18/2006 - 4:52am
williamsmummy's picture
Offline
Joined: 03/26/2002 - 09:00

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

Posted on: Sat, 03/18/2006 - 6:11pm
Rach's picture
Offline
Joined: 05/01/2001 - 09:00

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

Posted on: Sun, 03/19/2006 - 8:27am
williamsmummy's picture
Offline
Joined: 03/26/2002 - 09:00

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

Posted on: Mon, 03/20/2006 - 11:45pm
williamsmummy's picture
Offline
Joined: 03/26/2002 - 09:00

shamelessly re-raising
sarah

Pages

Peanut Free and Nut Free Community

Click on one of the categories below to see all topics and discussions.

Latest Discussions

Latest Post by agrohimacn Tue, 02/25/2020 - 1:25pm
Comments: 0
Latest Post by krisztina Thu, 02/20/2020 - 4:49pm
Comments: 1
Latest Post by chicken Thu, 02/20/2020 - 4:45pm
Comments: 3
Latest Post by lexy Tue, 01/28/2020 - 12:21am
Comments: 6
Latest Post by JRM20 Sun, 01/26/2020 - 11:15am
Comments: 6
Latest Post by JRM20 Sun, 01/26/2020 - 11:11am
Comments: 5
Latest Post by Italia38 Wed, 01/15/2020 - 11:03am
Comments: 10
Latest Post by Italia38 Wed, 01/15/2020 - 10:52am
Comments: 2

Peanut Free Store

More Articles

If children begin to eat many different foods at a young age, there is much more of a chance that by the time they are in school, they will eat...

Those with peanut allergies often find that they are unable to enjoy dessert since there's always the...

If you've ever tried to find...

For those with peanut allergies, baked goods present a serious risk. Many baked goods do not appear to contain peanuts, yet were baked in a...

Those who have peanut allergies know to avoid peanut butter cookies, of course – but what about other...

Which candy bars are safe for those with peanut allergies? Those without allergies are accustomed to...

Are you looking for peanut-free candies as a special treat for a child with...

For those who have wondered whether airport x-ray machines negatively affect epinephrine auto-injectors, the folks at Food Allergy Research &...

Molecular allergy component testing identifies the specific food or environmental proteins triggering a person’s allergic reactions. Component...

An epinephrine auto-injector provides an emergency dose of epinephrine (adrenaline) to treat life-threatening allergic reactions. Those who have...

Misunderstanding the significance of food allergy test results can lead to unnecessary anxiety and dietary changes. The three tests used most...

It can be easy to overlook the presence of nut allergens in non-food items because the allergens are often listed by their Latin or scientific...

Tree nuts and peanuts are distinctly different. An allergy to one does not guarantee an allergy to the other. Peanuts are considered legumes and...

Welcome to the complex world of being a Peanut Allergy Parent. Get ready to proofread food labels, get creative with meals, and constantly hold an...

Take control of your food allergies! Get results in ten days and change your life forever! If you are tempted to use a home testing kit...

What can you eat if you can't eat peanut butter? Fortunately for people with a peanut allergy, there...

According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, one out of five people in the U.S. has an allergy. Because there is a...

Eliminating peanut butter is the best way to handle a rash caused by this food

If your baby or toddler develops a rash caused by peanut...

Nearly all infants are fussy at times. But how do you know when your baby's crying means something wrong? Some babies are excessively fussy...

For those who don't have experience with peanut allergies, going 'peanut-free' often seems as easy as avoiding peanut butter sandwiches and bags...