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Last Updated: Friday May 19 2006 07:54 GMT

Junk food banned in school meals

Junk food is being kicked out of school meals in England from this September, the government has announced.

At least two portions of fruit and veg will be put in every meal, and deep-fried foods like chips will be limited to two portions every week.

Chocolate, crisps, fizzy drinks and low-quality meat are all being banned.

Rules are also being published on how much fat and salt should be in school meals, as part of efforts to fight the number of overweight kids.

The state of school meals was highlighted by TV chef Jamie Oliver, who led a drive to improve kids' food.

However some people think more still needs to be done to get kids to eat healthily.

Recently top chef Prue Leith said the only way to get children to eat more healthily was to reduce their choice so they couldn't pick unhealthy foods.

But one head teacher, Mick Brookes, said that enforcing healthy food in schools drove kids to eat at local chip shops, making them less healthy.

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