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Jamie Oliver slams new school food review
Jamie Oliver has hit out at a fresh review into school dinners, warning it is time for action and not more "costly reports".
Education Secretary Michael Gove announced that Henry Dimbleby and John Vincent, the men behind the Leon restaurant chain, are to lead a review into food in England's schools. It comes amid concerns that many youngsters are still being served unhealthy meals, and that more needs to be done to boost food standards in all schools.
Mr Oliver, who led a campaign seven years ago to improve school lunches, raised concerns that ministers are dragging their feet over taking action.
He said he was confident that Mr Dimbleby and Mr Vincent will do a "thorough job" on the review. But he added: "Now is not the time for more costly reports. Now is the time for action and that doesn't seem to be what we get from Mr Gove when it comes to school food and food education. This just delays action for another year or more."
The new review, which was welcomed by campaigners, will investigate school dinners across the country, and establish an "action plan" on how all schools can improve food standards. It will involve looking at the factors which influence the choices schools make about food, the Department for Education said.
According to School Food Trust research, primary age children now eat an average of 1.6 portions of fruit and vegetables in their school lunch, with 35% consuming at least two portions. In secondary schools, pupils eat an average of 0.8 portions of fruit and vegetables at lunchtime.