#SchoolSchemeEU

The EU School Fruit, Vegetables and Milk Scheme comes into place on August 1 2017 across all member states.

The new legal framework provides for a School Fruit, Vegetables and Milk Scheme as from 1 August 2017, aiming at durably increasing the share of these products in the diet of children, when their eating habits are being formed.

It contributes to the Common Agricultural Policy objectives of ensuring the availability of both current and future supplies and to the public health objectives of shaping healthy eating habits.

Products to be distributed to schoolchildren:

  • Priority shall be given to fresh fruit and vegetables and drinking milk. In addition, Member States may distribute processed fruit and vegetables such as juices or soups, and milk products such as yogurt and cheese, to ensure a varied diet and address particular nutritional needs. Certain other milk products, such as milk-based drinks, may be allowed, but Union aid will only be granted to the milk component
  • Member States may include in the framework of thematic educational measures other agricultural products, such as olives and olive oil and honey
  • Member States’ choice of products shall be based on health and environmental considerations, seasonality, variety and availability with priority to EU products. Member States may encourage local or regional purchasing, organic products, short supply chains, environmental benefits, agricultural quality schemes
  • In line with the objective of healthy eating habits, products shall contain no sweeteners and artificial flavour enhancers, and should aim to have no added sugar, salt, or fat (even if products with only limited quantities may be allowed after authorisation by the competent national health authorities)
  • In line with the objective of healthy eating habits, products shall contain no sweeteners and artificial flavour enhancers, and should aim to have no added sugar, salt, or fat (even if products with only limited quantities may be allowed after authorisation by the competent national health authorities)