The food standards for LA maintained schools require low salt, sugar and fatty foods, require increases in vegetables and fresh fruit - and ban fizzy drinks/crisps/sweets in vending machines.
The government has exempted Academies from the same school food standards that apply to LA maintained schools, and many are concerned about the result. According to an article in the BBC online news last November, the Local Authority Catering Association has been dealing with requests from academies to relax standards and to bring back unhealthy food into lunches and school vending machines.
I find this very disturbing, especially when so many secondary schools have converted. It is even more unpalatable when you think of the pressure primaries are under to convert. I know at some schools, the school dinner is the only real meal some children get. Taking advantage of cost savings by reducing the quality of children's food - it makes my skin crawl.