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25 Nov 2011 - BBC News - Unhealthy food 'returning to school' warn caterers

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Unhealthy snacks could be returning to schools in England, caterers are warning.

Six years after the Jamie Oliver campaign and the introduction of strict nutritional guidelines, caterers say they are getting requests for fatty foods and sweets.

They say the requests are from some of England's new academy schools, which do not have to follow the guidelines.

The government says it trusts schools to act in their pupils' best interest.

And it says it has no reason to believe that academies will not provide healthy, balanced meals that meet the current nutritional standards

The Local Authority Catering Association, which has 700 members across the UK, said it was concerned that there could be a return to unhealthy eating in schools.

Linda Mitchell, from the association, said: "Our members are telling us that they have been approached by academies to relax the rules and as providers to hundreds of thousands of schools we are concerned.