County cooks scoop reward for keeping school food additive-free

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COOKS in Hampshire have received their sixth consecutive award for keeping artificial colours and preservatives out of school meals.

Hampshire County Council caterers – HC3S – was awarded the Hyperactive Children’s Support Group’s Highest Award for Excellence.

The award was given for ensuring around 70 e-number additives have been kept out of the meals.

It is a mark of continued success for the team, which has won the award every year since 2005, when it became the UK’s first local authority caterer to do so.

County council leader Ken Thornber said: ‘This latest award is excellent news as it has long been recognised that a child’s diet not only affects their physical health but also impacts on their behaviour and concentration in the classroom.

‘This is further evidence that Hampshire is leading the way when it comes to eliminating artificial additives from school meals to ensure that we are providing pupils with healthy, tasty meals at lunchtime.’

The Hyperactive Children’s Support Group works with youngsters with ADHD and hyperactive conditions.

Its research shows a high percentage of children diagnosed with hyperactivity had adverse reactions to artificial colourings and preservatives in food.

Similar studies have also shown children’s behaviour and concentration improve when additives are removed from meals.

For information about the Hyperactive Children’s Support Group, go to