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The 21st Canteen Conference and Healthy Choice Food Expo was certainly a celebration to be remembered. The evaluations show that you enjoyed the day immensely particularly the tasty breakfast, keynote address by Ed Halmagyi, Q&A time and the delicious treats on offer in the Expo.
The vast majority of those in attendance rated the Big book of menus as ‘excellent’ indicating the layout, usefulness, range of menus and tips and recipes where spot on!
Thank you for taking the time to visit the WASCA Hub to chat with our team and for lovely messages when signing the key.
The Big book of menus, kindly sponsored by IGA, contains over 50 menus from a variety of schools including primary, secondary and district high schools located in metro and regional areas. There is also a mix of government, Catholic and independent schools represented. The beauty of a book like this is there is something for everyone. You will find menus with 10 items listed and others with over 100. Each menu has been colour coded in accordance with the Department of Education’s Healthy Food and Drink (HFD) policy. The percentage of green items is listed on the cover page along with the number of days the canteen is open and the number of students it services. All menus contain a minimum of 60% green choices to comply with the HFD policy. You will also find additional pages containing tips for getting the most out of your menu, recipes to try and a glossary of terms for those not familiar with ‘canteen terminology’.
The current Buyers Guide has been sent to all schools in WA. As you may be aware, a review of the FOCiS national nutrient criteria was conducted in 2012 by nutritionally qualified health professionals and food technologists in consultation with food industry representatives. The new criteria for the registration of products applies from July 1, 2013. This edition of the Buyers Guide includes products which meet the new criteria. There are some products which were previously registered but do not meet the new criteria and therefore can not be registered. These products are not included in the guide and can not be used in WA school canteens. Further, the ‘traffic light’ categorisation has changed for a small number of products e.g. some products which were categorised ‘green’ are now ‘amber’ under the new criteria.