Federal Food Minister Julia Klöckner (CDU) has called on the federal states to introduce mandatory standards for school and daycare meals. The background to this are the recommendations of the German Nutrition Society (DGE) developed on behalf of Klöckner's ministry, which are only mandatory in some states. The recommendations relate, among other things, to the question of which foods should be offered and how often - but they also contain instructions on preparation, e.g. that school meals should not be fried or breaded too often. Such standards are "an investment in the health of our children," Klöckner told the news magazine Spiegel . "There can be no more excuses here."
Again Spiegel reported, citing DGE information, these standards are so far only mandatory for schools in Berlin, Hamburg and Saarland. Bremen is currently preparing the introduction. In Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, the standards are recommended to the schools, in Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg there are model projects.
The coalition agreement between the CDU, CSU and SPD stipulates that the federal government should support the federal states in implementing the food standards. The Federal Ministry of Food, according to its own statements, is currently funding so-called networking centers for daycare and school meals with two million euros a year. "I expect the federal states to apply these quality standards everywhere," said Minister Kloeckner.