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Pasta King launches summertime loyalty scheme

School meals provider Pasta King has launched the third edition of its loyalty reward scheme in schools and incorporated two British summertime favourites in its theme, ‘Football and Festivals’.

The scheme was first launched by the Devon based company in early 2015 and returns for a third time for two school terms.

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Industry

Little change in latest child obesity figures

The latest figures from Public Health England’s National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) reveals that child obesity is not improving or getting worse in England.

The prevalence of obesity in Reception (aged 4-5) across England is 9.1% for the 2014/15 period. This figure rises to 19.1% for children in Year 6 (aged 10-11).

Compared to the 2009/10 period, the 2014/15 Reception figures have slightly decreased from 9.83%. However, the Year 6 data presents a slight increase from 18.33% in 2009/10.

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LACA

Countdown to SCOTY16 final on March 10th

Britain’s top ten school chefs will compete for the title of LACA School Chef of the Year 2016 on March 10th at Stratford upon Avon College, Warwickshire.

The competition is the flagship event for school chefs to showcase their professional skills. It has been organised annually for over two decades by LACA (Lead Association for CAtering in Education) and is sponsored by MAGGI Professional from Nestlé Professional.

The dishes of many of the finalists have been inspired by cuisine stretching from the Americas to Europe, Asia and the Far East.

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Industry

Children’s Food Trust ‘disappointed’ at loss of UIFSM support service

The Children’s Food Trust has expressed disappointment at the discontinuation of the Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM) support service.

The Department for Education has updated its guide for local authorities and schools, which includes the removal of information about the UIFSM support service as it has been discontinued.

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Industry

Runny eggs back on the menu for young and old - report suggests

A new report by Government food safety has concluded that British Lion eggs can safely be eaten runny, even by pregnant women, babies and the elderly.

The report recommends that the Food Standards Agency should now consider amending its long-standing advice - that vulnerable groups should avoid raw or lightly cooked eggs - for eggs produced under the British Lion scheme or a demonstrably-equivalent comprehensive scheme.

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Industry

Emulsifiers linked to obesity - scientists find

Emulsifiers, commonly used in processed foods such as ice cream, bread and chocolate, could be a key cause of obesity, according to scientists.

The food additives alter fats and oils to enable them to mix with water, which creates smoother textures in foods. However, scientists have found that the emulsifiers remain chemically active after they’ve been eaten, leading to hunger and overeating.

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Industry

UK's first universal food traceability scheme launches

Farmers are set to launch the UK’s first universal food traceability scheme to coincide with the 15th anniversary of the Foot and Mouth Crisis on 19th February 2016.

Devised by Gloucestershire farmers, Happerly Passports will invite every UK primary food producer to create a free Producer Passport and profile and invite all intermediaries and retailers whom they trade with into a visible supply chain to create one network.

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Industry

Eating Better urges Government to step up to the plate on health

Eating Better, the alliance of nearly 50 public health, environment, animal welfare, development and producer organisations, has urged the government to take urgent action on the meat in our diets for the sake of our health, and the planet.
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Industry

London's mayoral candidates urged to introduce FSM to all

A coalition of London organisations committed to tackling child poverty has called on the 2016 mayoral candidates to roll out universal free school meals to all primary school children.

The organisations, including The Trussell Trust, Barnado’s and Child Poverty Action Group, have come together to launch Family Friendly London.

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Industry

HCL Awards to celebrate best school caterers

The Hertfordshire Catering Limited (HCL) Awards take place in April, celebrating its workforce by highlighting the individuals and teams who have shown excellence in their work.

Nominations are open till March 11th and all shortlisted nominees will be invited to attend the Grand Gala Dinner on April 28th at the Hilton Hotel in Watford.

The 11 categories include HCL Manager of the Year, Primary School/Academy Catering Team of the Year, and the Mobile Workforce Award.

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