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Last Updated: Monday March 07 2005 17:28 GMT

Turkey Twizzlers in school ban

Thousands of pupils will not be able to eat Turkey Twizzlers at lunchtime anymore, after a company which makes school dinners has banned them.

The firm, called Scolarest, said it will take the snack permanently off its menu after Easter over fears it's unhealthy and high in fat and sugar.

Jamie Oliver has been campaigning to get Turkey Twizzlers off school menus.

But the head of the company that makes the food, said. "Turkey Twizzlers can be part of a balanced diet."

Mr Joll, the managing director of Bernard Matthews told CBBC Newsround: "This seems to be getting silly and out of hand.

"The fat levels have already been reduced but even prior to that were less than that in an average sausage.

"Is Jamie really saying that sausages are off the menu too?"

Scolarest provides meals for around 2,000 schools. Three months ago it started to recommend all the schools on its books should stop serving the Twizzlers.

Jamie Oliver
Some schools decided to keep them, but the company's now decided to stop providing them to the schools.

'Supportive of Jamie'

TV chef Jamie Oliver bought Turkey Twizzlers into the spotlight after he complained about them on TV. He thinks they're too unhealthy and processed to be given to children.

A Scolarest spokesman said. "We are very supportive of Jamie's aims and everything he is trying to do. We are trying to do the same ourselves."

Turkey Twizzlers are already banned in Scottish schools as they did not meet new guidelines on healthy eating.

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