Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Soft Drinks and Junk Food Strictly Prohibited in School Canteens - DepEd

DepEd Bans Soft Drinks and Junk Food
The Department of Education (DepEd) on Wednesday continues to remind all school canteens that selling of softdrinks and junk food is strictly prohibited in all public elementary and secondary schools nationwide.

DepEd Secretary Jesus Mateo stressed that DepEd is against selling of unhealthy food to students especially in school canteens.

“We have an existing policy against selling of unhealthy food like junk food and other snacks as well as softdrinks inside our schools to make sure that our pupils only eat nutritious foods when they are inside the school premises,” Mateo explained.

As stated  on DepEd Order No. 8, Series of 2007, or the “Revised Implementing Guidelines on the Operation and Management of School Canteens in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools,” only “nutrient-rich foods and fortified food products labeled rich in protein, energy, vitamins, and minerals shall be sold in school canteens.” The sale of carbonated drinks, sugar-based synthetic or artificially flavored juices, junk foods, and any food product that may be detrimental to the child’s health” is prohibited.

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