Followed after carbonated soda, coffee, batter-fried food and ramyeon are among the products that will be removed from school stores.
Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education has already banned selling unlicensed products and has had principal of each school decide what to sell at the school cafeteria since 1992. This time more products including coffee, carbonated soda, ramyeon and batter-fried food will be banned in schools. However, some argue that junk food such as hamburger or doughnut which are considered as the main cause for obesity are not being strictly restricted.
Cho Hee-Ja, head of the nutrition teachers' organization highlighted that such junk food as hamburgers is high in fat and low in calcium, vitamin and minerals which causes unbalanced nutrition. "Most of the hamburger patties for school are cheap products whose date of manufacture is not clear which causes food poisoning. Therefore it is most desirable that schools don't sell any food products unless they make it themselves." she added.
KFTA has made following suggestions through a report on 「Policy on School Meals for Healthy Diet」
■ Securing proper facilities for quality school meals
■ Establishing special organization which controls and supports school meal system
■ Securing sufficient number of personnel for school meal preparation and manage them efficiently
■ Careful check on the ingredients
■ Devising a systematical counterplan for the improvement of the school meals on a government level.
■ Introducing nutrition teachers to ensure healthy diet for students