Change to new college wholesome consuming program supplier triggers considerations banned junk meals will reappear

Modifications to the way in which WA colleges promote wholesome consuming for teenagers have prompted considerations that junk meals akin to chips, gentle drinks and lollies might creep again on to highschool canteen menus.

The Well being Division was just lately awarded a $3.7 million contract to Victorian-based group Vitamin Australia to supply a “complete of college wholesome consuming program” — snubbing the WA Faculty Canteen Affiliation, which has delivered the State Authorities’s wholesome food and drinks coverage in colleges for the previous 15 years.

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

“At a college degree, which may imply the well being of our youngsters is affected as a result of we might have some unhealthy gadgets coming into colleges which haven’t at the moment been there,” WASCA chief government Megan Sauzier stated.

“The site visitors mild system is a bit completely different in Victoria. Pink meals, for instance, that are gentle 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 crimson meals twice a time period.”

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

“We are going to implement the factors the WA authorities desires us to implement,” Vitamin Australia’s Victorian wholesome consuming advisory service program supervisor Margaret Rozman stated.

Ms Sauzier stated the choice to ignore WASCA’s wonderful monitor file and expertise to award the tender to an interstate group meant its funding had been slashed by 41 per cent, considerably decreasing its capability to help colleges and assess their canteen menus.

“We look ahead to seeing what’s developed . . . however till that service is ready up, we’re components of what that can seem like and there is prone to be a spot within the companies colleges are used to receiving,” she stated. “Something that will increase the burden on college or canteen workers is prone to have a adverse impact.”