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Classification of food and drinks

Q: What is confectionery?

A: Confectionery includes chocolates, carob and yoghurt based confectionery, and all types of lollies such as boiled lollies, cough lollies, liquorice, lollies made from fruit juice, and jelly lollies. All confectionery falls into the RED category of the Smart Choices Food and Drink Spectrum.

Foods containing confectionery (such as chocolate chip cookies), muffins or snack bars also fall into the RED category.

Q:Why are lollies containing yoghurt and fruit juice in the RED category?

A: These lollies contain minimal nutritional value. Smart Choices includes examples of good sources of milk, yoghurt, cheese and alternatives, and fruit; for example, one 200g tub of reduced fat yoghurt, one piece of fruit or cup of fruit juice.

Q: What types of drinks are the healthiest options for children and young people?

A: Water and plain milk are the healthiest drinks for children and young people and should be readily available and promoted in schools.

Q:Can we supply full-fat milk products to students?

A: Yes, under the Smart Choices strategy full-fat milk products are classified as Amber products and are therefore not limited in their supply in schools, but should be selected carefully. Reduced-fat plain milk is classified as Green under Smart Choices and is a healthier choice for children. The 2013 Australian Dietary Guidelines recommend that the consumption of reduced fat milk products is encouraged in children over two years of age to reduce saturated fat intake.

Q: Why are plain water, milk and at least 99% non-carbonated fruit or vegetable juice the only drinks that can be supplied in the school setting?

A: The 2013 Australian Dietary Guidelines and the National Healthy School Canteens Guidelines (NHSC) recommend that sugar-sweetened and intensely sweetened drinks such as soft drinks, flavoured waters, vitamin/nutrient waters, sports drinks, fruit drinks with less that 99% juice and iced tea, are limited to occasional consumption. These drinks are low in nutritional value and may provide excess energy (kilojoules). These drinks fit into the RED category of the Smart Choices Food and Drink Spectrum and their supply is limited to no more than two occasions per term.

The only drinks to be supplied in schools are plain water (still, spring or sparkling), milk (plain or flavoured, full-fat or reduced fat) and at least 99% non-carbonated fruit or vegetable juice (without additional flavouring). Coffee style milk products should not be supplied in primary schools.

Plain water and reduced-fat plain milk fit into the GREEN category of the Smart Choices Food and Drink Spectrum. Full-fat plain milk, all flavoured milks and at least 99% fruit or vegetable juice (non-carbonated), fit into the AMBER category of the Smart Choices Food and Drink Spectrum.

Q: What is the maximum serve size for fruit or vegetable juice?

A: Only fruit or vegetable juice which is at least 99% juice and is not carbonated is permitted to be supplied in schools. These juices fit into the AMBER category of the Smart Choices Food and Drink Spectrum. The maximum serve size is 250mL.uit drinks DO need to be assessed against the Occasional (RED) food and drink criteria table. One serving needs to contain less than 300 kilojoules and 100mg of sodium to fit in the AMBER category. It is recommended that the serve size of fruit drinks is limited to 250mls or less, however, depending on the ingredients used, some large serve sizes may still fit into the AMBER category - check the label against the Occasional (RED) food and drink criteria table. Drinks containing artificial sweeteners fit into the RED category regardless of their energy (kilojoule) content or serve size.

Q. How is jelly classified under Smart Choices?

A. All jelly, jelly sticks, jelly lollies and puddings including frozen products fit into the RED category of the Smart Choices Food and Drink Spectrum. Jelly should not be included on tuckshop menus.

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