VANCOUVER -- Canadian Healthy Vending said Canada should consider following the U.S. Department of Agriculture's lead in setting a nationwide school nutrition standard to replace the existing patchwork of rules that vary widely between districts and provinces.
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CHV said that some provinces have already implemented stringent healthy eating programs in schools, including Nova Scotia, Ontario and British Columbia. "Other provinces have few if any rules and leave nutritional guidelines up to hard-pressed school boards who often depend on vending contracts with large vending companies and sugary beverage producers to fund extracurricular activities," the company added.
Based in Vancouver, CHV markets and sells a "healthy" vending franchise program that includes a machine called the Max Healthy Vending Center.
The healthy vending business-opportunity company said that while the recommendations of the Canada Food Guide form a strong framework for participating levels of government, there is no coordinated national plan similar to what is being implemented on a federal level in the U.S.
"In light of the USDA's Smart Snacks in School initiative in the U.S., perhaps it's time for the Canadian federal and provincial governments, along with industry, to take a fresh look at the type of products available in vending machines in schools," said CHV vice-president Edward Thompson