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Last Updated: Wednesday September 14 2005 14:06 GMT

'Fewer kids eating school food'

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Fewer primary school kids are eating school dinners, and lots of caterers apparently blame it on Jamie Oliver.

A group of companies that make school food told the BBC they've seen a drop in the numbers of kids eating it.

Almost one in five of the caterers blamed the fall on Jamie for giving the meals an unhealthy image.

They said more parents were making packed lunches for their children because of worries about school food.

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Some caterers said they'd been trying to improve school food on their own, and the programme had actually held them back, as parents were giving their kids packed lunches full of fat and salt.

They also said that many kids abandoned school food even though it was healthy, because they wanted things like chips and pizza.

The school cooks blamed that on parents, because their kids weren't used to eating healthily at home, so didn't want to eat well at school.




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