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French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety

Cantines

School meals

Updated on 04/08/2016

Keywords : Cantines, Food consumption surveys, School meals

Both good and bad eating habits are acquired from the earliest years and have a lasting effect on health. From nursery school to high school, an average of two pupils out of three, or more than 7 million children, eat school meals in France at least once a week. Improving the menus of school meals in terms of both nutritional quality and safety is therefore a priority for public health. The Agency is acutely aware of the importance of this public health issue and has undertaken several series of studies to assess school meals attendance and the nutritional quality of the meals served.

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