French schools ordered to ration ketchupSchools in France have been ordered to limit the amount of ketchup served in cafeterias in order to preserve the nation's cultural identity.
French schools have been ordered to ration ketchup in their cafeterias in order to preserve the cultural identity of their pupils.
Christophe Hebert, chairman of the National Association of Directors of Collective Restaurants says the new measures are an attempt to stop children from getting addicted to fattening junk food and also aims to help pupils to learn more about French cuisine.
He said: "Canteens have a public health mission but also an educative mission. We have to ensure that children become familiar with French recipes so that they can hand them down to the following generation.
"They need to know that in France food means conviviality, sharing and having a good time at the table. We absolutely have to stop children from being able to serve those sorts of sauces to themselves with every meal."
Under the new guidelines, fries can only be served once a week and broccoli and spinach must be encouraged.