However the point that was being made on the BBC News this morning was that this initiative could very well lead to the total closure of school canteens.
The pupils may well be faced with very limited choice and the older ones will resort to the local fast food outlets and the younger ones, not allowed to leave school premises will bring packed lunches.
It's called the law of unintended consequences, and a perfect illustration of the eventual futility of the "nanny state".
Healthy eating habits begin in the home, not in the school. If children don't have them when they get to school, most of them will be lost causes, as they've been exposed too much to the abrogation of personal responsibility, via their parents lack of parental responsibility.
Is that all? I seem to remember it was the full spoonfuls. I actually didn't mind the taste. The 'clinic' orange juice was really quite nice, and when we no longer got it my Mum used to buy Rosehip Syrup for our Vitamin C. What about Cod Liver Oil and Malt, now that WAS a sticky spoonful.
As to school dinners, when I was at Grammar school in the 50's/60's most of the school had school dinners. There was no choice, just a set meal each day, but they were very popular and not much went to waste. 'Seconds' were almost fought over, and this was in the days of meat and two veg - no 'Junk' food in those days. Cost was if I remember 1/-(5p) a day paid at the sart of the week and Dinner tickets were issued daily at registration.
A few years ago our local comprehensive school got rid of the LEA caterers, employed a 'proper' chef and now feeds over 90% of pupils with good locally grown food. The LEA catering was dire (all processed and deep fried) and only 20% of pupils ate their food. The food is now eaten by well over 90% of pupils (and staff) in pleasant environments. Check out the menus here click here They even have their own website advising other schools how it can be done click here It makes your mouth water!