Standards for Foods Sold in Schools

Bulgaria: Certain unhealthy foods and drinks are not allowed to sell in vending machines.

France: Vending machines are forbidden in all schools (kindergarten, primary and secondary schools) since September 2005 (article 30 of the law 2004/806 du 9 aout 2004 « relabve à la polibque de santé publique »).

Greece: The Greek school canteen policy was established in 2004, had undergone some improvements (in 2006 and 2013) and took its final format in 2013 with effect until today (81025/2013 - FEK 2135/Β/29-8-2013 with annual modifications up to date). The Ministry of Health established a law including a detailed list determining which products are permitted to be sold in Greek school canteens. Across all areas of school premises, both public and private, controls are carried out on a regular or occasional basis by authorities in charge, namely the Regional Public Health Services of the Hellenic Food Authority (EFET).  

Hungary:  20/2012 (VIII. 31.) Decree of Minister of Human Resources prohibited selling of foods and drinks subject to the Public Health Product Tax (2011/CIII) in education premises and at school events. Besides, it orders that supply of canteens and vending machines has to be approved by the school health team.

Latvia: In 2016, Cabinet Regulation on the foods allowed to be sold in schools (e.g. fresh and dried fruits, berries and vegetables, raw nuts and seeds without added sugar and salt, milk and fermented dairy products) was launched. 

Malta: The ‘Healthy Eating Lifestyle Plan’ (voluntary) - came into force in September 2007 and was revised in 2014 – lists permitted and prohibited foods and beverages in tuck shops. Also, vending machines don’t exist on or are banned from school premises.

Poland: The Ordinance of the Minister of Health of 26 August 2015 regulates the groups of foodstuffs for sale to children and young people in the units of the education system.

Romania: Snack shops and vending machines are allowed in primary and secondary schools. However, the Law 123/2008, followed by the Ministry of Health Order 1563/2008, includes the list of forbidden foods that cannot be commercialized in snack shops.

Slovakia: It is prohibited by law to provide coffee and caffeine drinks, alcohol and quinine drinks in school buffet. (Ordinance of the Ministry of Health of the Slovak Republic No. 527/2007 of the details of the requirements for facilities for children and youth.) The Declaration of the Ministry of Education of the Slovak Republic of 14 August 2009 establishes requirements on meals sold in school buffets. Vending machines don’t exist on or are banned from school premises.

Slovenia: A total ban on vending machines for foods and beverages in school environments was introduced in 2010, following the recommendations of the World Health Assembly (WHA) resolution (WHA 63.14, 2010), and has remained in place, despite substantial industry resistance (the ban was challenged unsuccessfully, in Slovenia’s Constitutional Court in 2010).

Spain: There are voluntary food standards: CONSENSUS DOCUMENT ON FOOD IN EDUCATIONAL CENTRES. This consensus document aims to develop these proposals by incorporating nutritional recommendations for school meals that include recommended nutritional daily intake values, by providing information for families, tending to special requirements and by developing criteria for offering healthy options in vending machines, canteens and kiosks in educational facilities. However, as Autonomous Communities are responsible for applying these criteria, there are someone that have developed mandatory, for example Murcia.