Cornish school takes white flour products off the menu for a month

CORNISH PASTIES and other foods containing white flour such as pies have been scrapped from the daily menu for a month at a Cornish school after pupils ruled they were unhealthy.

The pupils' school council at Mount's Bay School and Community Sports College, Penzance, voted to drop the products, in favour of more healthier foods such as jacket potatoes, paninis and salads. School caterers, Eden Food Services, have been informed of the decision which is subject to a review after the trial month.

Head teacher, Sarah Davey, said the 14 and 15-year-old pupils made the decision because they thought the products were unhealthy if eaten regularly. Mrs Davey said the school council came up with a healthy eating options regime but pupils could choose to eat products like pies and chips on Fridays only. She said: "We are not saying that people should not eat Cornish pasties, just not every day."

A spokeswoman for Cornish food and drinks promotional body, Taste of the West, said although a pasty could have a quite a high calorie value, it contained fresh ingredients and could be part of a healthy diet.

Richard Kittow, managing director of R Kittow and Sons in Fowey, said it was a tradition in Cornwall to cook pasties for a meal once a week. His sons, Daniel and James Kittow, supply diced meat to Cornish pasty makers in the area including Warren Reeves' shop, Benjamin Leddy's, in Par.

Mr Reeves said it depended on the ingredients used in the pasties as to whether they were healthy. "Some pasties can include less healthy ingredients such as hydrogenated vegetable oils and use bagged frozen vegetables. But I make traditional pasties - the industry standard for meat content in a pasty is 12.5 per pent but I make them with up to a 40 per cent meat content and use fresh vegetables and there's no additives or preservatives."

Recently, the Journal reported that if the Cornish Pasty Association was successful in its campaign to brand the Cornish pasty with protected geographical indication (PGI) status, butchers and manufacturers outside the county would have to re-name the product.

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