Ketchup banned in schools.
More than 300 primary schools have completely stripped canteens of all sauces and condiments in order to comply with Government guidelines.
The news comes in a week when the Chronicle revealed thousands of pupils have deserted school dinners since junk food was banished from the menu. We revealed how around 6,000 pupils from across the region have ditched school dinners following celebrity chef Jamie Oliver's campaign to promote healthier eating in schools. And now it has emerged that kids' favourite, ketchup has been swiped from dinner tables.
Durham County Council revealed tomato ketchup had been banned from all 241 primary schools in the county from the start of this school year. And Sunderland City Council said it had also removed sauces from all its 80-plus schools.
The guidelines were drafted by the School Food Trust, set up in 2005 by the Department for Education and Skills to improve the quality of school dinners. Under the new regulations, food such as chocolate and processed meat products are banned or restricted and dinner staff are encouraged to provide healthier options.
All salt is banned and tomato ketchup and other sauces should be restricted and available only in sachets. Nutritionist Amelia Lake, of the Human Nutrition Research Centre, welcomed the move. "Kids are kids, and we know they sometimes can't make the right choices."