May 20, 2009
Food police will be patrolling kindergarten and childcare centres to eliminate unhealthy lunchbox food under strict new guidelines to be adopted by federal health officials.
[efoods]Childcare representatives from around Australia will converge on Sydney today for an introduction to the national scheme set to be rolled out through childcare centres from July 1.
Some Gold Coast centres already operate under their own strict lunchbox policies and will be largely unaffected by the new national guidelines, already sending unhealthy treats back home.
As part of the Federal Government’s $4.5 million war on obesity, the first uniform national rules of their kind would see childcare workers take on extra responsibilities as nutritional watchdogs.
Leaked draft guidelines suggest staff will be made to discuss the contents of lunch boxes with children at meal times and actively discourage unhealthy sweets and processed savoury snacks.