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DepEd: No junk food and soft drinks in school canteens

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DepEd on Wednesday reminded school canteens that selling unhealthy snacks and carbonated drinks are strictly prohibited in all public elementary and secondary schools nationwide.

The Department of Education (DepEd) on Wednesday reminded school canteens that selling junk foods and soft drinks are strictly prohibited in all public schools and secondary schools nationwide.

DepEd Order No. 08 series of 2007 or the “Revised Implementing Guidelines on the Operation and Management of School Canteens in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools,” states that only “nutrient-rich foods and fortified food products labeled rich in protein, energy, vitamins and minerals shall be sold in school canteens” and that 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.

The Department of Health (DOH), on the other hand, has recommended public school canteens to go through a “canteen makeover” to ensure that only nutritious foods are offered to students.

 

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