Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Questions (295)

Mattie McGrath

Question:

295. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Education and Skills if the concerns of rural and farming parents that school curricula will include negative depictions of beef consumption will be addressed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18848/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

It is a matter for individual schools to decide what material they use to support teaching the curriculum in accordance with Circular 42 of 2018 for Primary and Circular 43 of 2018 for Post Primary.

The Healthy Eating Guidelines and Food Pyramid are the policy tools used to define the government recommendations on healthy eating and a balanced diet. The revised Healthy Eating Guidelines and Food Pyramid toolkit has been developed by the Department of Health and the Health Service Executive with key stakeholders and aims to help reduce the intake of high fat, salt and sugar (HFSS) foods and drinks from the Top Shelf of the Food Pyramid.