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European Commission plans free fruit and vegetable scheme in schools

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 15 July 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a829
  1. Rory Watson
  1. 1Brussels

    The European Commission is introducing a new policy to provide free fruit and vegetables to schoolchildren as part of its wider strategy to tackle obesity and encourage good eating habits in young people.

    Mariann Fischer Boel, the agriculture commissioner, said, “This shows we’re serious about taking concrete steps to fight obesity. Giving kids good habits at an early age is crucial as they will carry these into later life.”

    At the same time the European Commission has proposed changes to its 30 year old school milk scheme so that a larger range of dairy products may be …

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