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Vegetarian meals have to be ordered in Mid Ulster primary schools

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PARENTS of pupils who attend primary schools in Mid-Ulster have to specially order a vegetarian meal if they want to ensure that their child eats meat-free in the canteen.

In a Freedom of Information enquiry to both the North Eastern Education and Library Board and the Southern Education and Library Board, both confirmed that vegetarian meals are provided upon request for children in primary schools. However neither of the authorities hold records of the uptake of individual meal choices of each pupil.

The NEELB said all menus provided to primary schools by the School Catering Service are based on the five food groups and proportions in the ‘eat well plate’.

“Vegetarian meals are provided on request for children in primary school,” said a spokesperson.

Similarly, the SELB, which serves meals to over 270 schools, also said all menus provided are based on the five food groups and proportions in the ‘eat well plate’ in conjunction with Nutritional Standards.

“Vegetarian meals are provided on request for children in primary school. We do not hold records of the uptake of individual meal choices of individual pupils,” added the spokesperson.

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