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Sector news, 23 - 27 April 2012

Jamie Oliver in blistering attack on Michael Gove over poor school diet The Observer, 22 April 2012

In an interview in the Observer Food Monthly magazine Jamie Oliver attacked education secretary Michael Gove over school food, saying that the academies were lowering nutrition levels among pupils and profiteering from junk food vending machines because they have been allowed to ignore national standards. He says progress made over recent years in improving pupils’ diet is at risk of going into reverse because Gove is allowing the new academies to ignore nutrient-based standards the previous government introduced in 2008.