Healthy School Canteen Strategy Amber Compliant Information
Across Australia Government bodies are focusing on increasing healthy foods in school canteens and limiting the amount of unhealthy food that can be purchased at schools.
To help ‘rate’ products based on their nutritional goodness, food and drink products have been classified according to their nutritional value per portion size, into three ‘traffic light’ categories:
The GREEN category – CHOOSE PLENTY
Foods in the GREEN segment of the food spectrum are based on the basic five food groups.
Included are bread, cereals, rice, pasta, noodles, vegetables, fruit, reduced fat milk, yoghurt, cheese, lean meat, fish, poultry, eggs, nuts and legumes.
Providing a range of healthy food choices is important for a balanced diet. Water is also an important part of the GREEN segment.
The AMBER category – SELECT CAREFULLY
AMBER foods are mainly processed foods that have had some sugar, salt or fat added to them. It is recommended that these foods are eaten occasionally because in general they:
- Have some nutritional value
- Have moderate levels of saturated fat and/or added sugar and/or salt.
Like green products these foods can be sold in school canteens as they offer convenience and when eaten occasionally, in reasonable portions, they are a suitable snack.
The RED category – OCCASIONALLY
The food and drink that fit into this segment are not essential for a healthy diet and are banned from sale at school canteens and preschools.
They are outside of the foods recommended by the Dietary Guidelines for Children and Adolescents in Australia and are based on the ‘extra’ foods as defined by the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating.
When a Mamee Snack Products contains the Healthy School Canteen Strategy logo it indicates that that product fits into the Amber category and along with the Green graded products, it can be sold in school canteens.
As with all Amber products we recommend that these snacks be eaten occasionally and as part of a balanced and healthy diet.
Mamee Products that bear the Healthy School Canteen Strategy logo meet the Amber nutritional criteria for the following State based organisations:
Please note: Where appropriate this Amber rating is based on consumption without the optional flavour sachet.
The above information has been based on the information provided in the NSW Fresh Taste ‘canteen planning guide’. And can be viewed as a PDF