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Smart Choices

​There appears to be some miscommunication in the school community about Smart Choices and changes to the Canteen menu.  These are the facts as issued by Education Queensland:

The Department of Education & Training announced three major changes have been made to the classification of food and drinks under Smart Choices, the Healthy Food and Drink Supply Strategy for Queensland Schools, as part of the department's ongoing commitment to improving student's health and learning through better nutrition.

Under the changes, the only drinks able to be sold in schools are plain water, milk (plain and flavoured) and at least 99% non-carbonated fruit or vegetable juice. All other drinks will be classified as RED, which means their sale or supply is limited to no more than two occasions per term.

Schools have been unable to offer soft drinks in schools since 2007. The changes mean that other sugar sweetened drinks which may have been under 300kj will also now be classified as RED.

All potato chips and similar snacks and all products with added confectionary, icing and sweet fillings will be classified as RED.

The changes are consistent with the current Australian Dietary Guidelines and the National Healthy School Canteen Guidelines.

The changes must be implemented in state schools from the beginning of Term 1 2017. During 2016 schools can run down stock of items which can no longer be sold or supplied.  This also allows schools to change their menus to adjust to the new changes.

The changes have the support of the Department of Health's Chief Health Officer, principals' associations, P&C Queensland, the Queensland Association of School Tuckshops and NAQ Nutrition.

Further information is available from the Smart Choices website.