Swap to new college wholesome consuming program supplier triggers issues banned junk meals will reappear

Adjustments to the way in which WA faculties promote wholesome consuming for youths have prompted issues that junk meals equivalent to chips, comfortable drinks and lollies may creep again on to highschool canteen menus.

The Well being Division was not too long ago awarded a $3.7 million contract to Victorian-based group Diet Australia to offer a “complete of faculty wholesome consuming program” — snubbing the WA College Canteen Affiliation, which has delivered the State Authorities’s wholesome food and drinks coverage in faculties for the previous 15 years.

Whereas the brand new program is anticipated to proceed a visitors gentle system categorizing meals decisions as inexperienced for nutritious, amber for infrequent, or purple for junk, there are fears the brand new supplier will change WA’s standards.

“At a faculty degree, which may imply the well being of our children is affected as a result of we may have some unhealthy objects coming into faculties which haven’t at present been there,” WASCA chief govt Megan Sauzier mentioned.

“The visitors gentle system is a bit completely different in Victoria. Crimson meals, for instance, that are comfortable drinks, lollies and chips, are off the menu in WA and have been off the menu from 2007, whereas in Victoria you are allowed to have purple meals twice a time period.”

Diet Australia is but to launch full particulars of its method, however insists there can be no speedy adjustments to WA’s visitors gentle standards.

“We’ll implement the standards the WA authorities desires us to implement,” Diet Australia’s Victorian wholesome consuming advisory service program supervisor Margaret Rozman mentioned.

Ms Sauzier mentioned the choice to ignore WASCA’s wonderful observe report and expertise to award the tender to an interstate group meant its funding had been slashed by 41 per cent, considerably lowering its capability to assist faculties and assess their canteen menus.

“We stay up for seeing what’s developed . . . however till that service is about up, we’re components of what that can appear like and there is prone to be a spot within the companies faculties are used to receiving,” she mentioned. “Something that will increase the burden on college or canteen workers is prone to have a unfavorable impact.”