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Junk food ban won’t extend to students’ lunch bags

December 3, 2007 | By More

Brown-bag cops won’t search students’ lunches for junk food when a ban on the sale of low-nutrition grub kicks in, says a public school trustee. David Colburn said kids will still be free to bring whatever food they choose to school. “We’re not about to start policing what children bring in their lunch bags or in their knapsacks,” Colburn told Sun Media yesterday. Edmonton public school trustees voted unanimously Tuesday to outlaw the sale of junk food in all public schools. Colburn, who initiated the push, said it might take a couple of years, if not longer, for the crackdown to fully kick in.

The school board will now study how it’s going to implement the policy – and how junk food will be defined. A report is expected by the end of March. As part of the ban, Colburn said fundraisers that involve students selling junk food – like chocolate-covered almonds – might also be prohibited. But he stressed that’s just speculation.” I was a member of my daughter’s parent council for seven years,” he said. “We raised money in many forms, several of them totally unrelated to selling candy and potato chips.” Other trustees appear on side.”Personally, I think there are other ways to raise money,” said Sue Huff. “I would like to see us examine some of those other alternatives.”

Meanwhile, the crackdown on junk food might be extended to the city’s Catholic schools. Cindy Olsen, chairman of the Edmonton Catholic Schools board, said at a private planning session in February, trustees will consider outlawing the sale of low-nutrition foods.If there appears to be support for the idea, it will be brought to a public meeting, the trustee said.For the time being, talk of a junk food ban in Catholic schools “is a little premature,” Olsen said. “We have to bring this to the board.”

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