Ban homemade food in schools aims to protect business, not children


Запрет домашней еды в школах направлен на защиту бизнеса, а не детей

The ban of the CPS on the use of children in schools and kindergartens of food prepared at home has caused uproar among parents. The revision of sanitary standards were supposed to solve the problem of frequent poisoning in educational institutions and variety of the menu and quality of food in canteens. In fact, the new Regulations protects the interests of companies who make deliveries, and do not intend to lose profits due to the failure of children from school food in favor of homemade food.

For anybody not a secret that the school cafeteria menu is quite monotonous, and the food is often tasteless. Because of this, many children remain hungry. There are also cases of cooking with low quality products, resulting in serious poisoning.

In addition, children suffering from chronic diseases or sticking to specialized nutrition, can eat only a limited set of products. For them the ban on homemade food will be a disaster.

The CPS says that the new Regulations are developed with care healthy eating children. Fears of officials is homemade food that may be stale, made from harmful products, or simply spoil during the school day.

Therefore, the use was allowed only brought from home nuts, dried fruit or fresh fruit. However, they can form the diet of the child during his stay at the school.

Officials believe that homemade food may be the subject of fraud on the part of parents will give the child something harmful or spoiled, and in the case of the deterioration of his health will blame local authorities or the school administration.

The public notes that it is difficult to imagine parents willing to sacrifice children’s health for the sake of discrediting the institution.

Parents and community activists see the problem is that catering in schools and kindergartens placed in the hands of commercial structures, which, due to increased spending on more costly products, their storage and delivery, as well as establishing loyal relationships with local authorities and inspection bodies are forced to skimp on quality and composition of the finished dishes.

For the health of their children and save the family budget, parents are increasingly abandoning the school meals. As a result, the business will lose some orders, and hence profit. If we assume that the authorities are interested in the commercial success of outsourcing companies, ban on alternative types of school feeding becomes a logical way out of this situation.

Instead of expanding the menu and improving the quality of the dishes, the concern of officials about the health of children resulted in new sanitary norms providing for the refusal of aluminum cookware in schools in favor of disposable plastic and the permission to sell oxygen cocktails.

The more that money for repairs, refurbishments and decent maintenance of school kitchens in the meager local budgets is not provided.


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