This week will see the introduction of the much heralded new school food standards, there will no doubt be lots of press coverage, ministers looking smug in shiny kitchens, there is even a tea towel! And whilst I won’t be commenting on the actual standards, other than to say on the whole these reforms are to be welcomed, we perhaps should be looking beyond the headlines.
It is worth remembering that these changes, in fact the whole school food plan were initiated by Michael Gove as a result of criticisms heaped on him by Jamie Oliver. Mainly that there should be strong food standards that apply to all schools.
In July 2012 Oliver suggested that while Dimbleby and Vincent would do a thorough job, he could not welcome their inquiry. “Now is not the time for more costly reports. Now is the time for action and that doesn’t seem…
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