Submitted Wed, 11/20/2013 - 7:24am by BossFrog
A mom is fed up with the Canadian Food Guide’s standards for kids’ school lunches. Blogger Kristen Bartkiw was fined $10 because the meals she packed for her two children to take to daycare were supposedly “unbalanced” according to the Manitoba Government's Early Learning and Child Care lunch regulations. Under the extremely rigid policy, school lunches must contain “1 milk, 1 meat, 1 grain” and “2 fruits/vegetables.” The lunches Bartkiw packed, which included leftover homemade roast beef, potatoes, carrots, oranges and milk, lacked the “grain” component, forcing the daycare center to supplement the meals with Ritz crackers (which, by the way, are highly processed and packed with saturated fat). The incident has inspired a healthy debate over what role the government should play in kids’ diets.