Government Advice on how to eat carrots

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Daily Mirror UK 25 September 2003

By Brian Roberts
HEALTH chiefs sent teachers instructions - on how children should eat carrots.

Emails marked "Urgent" told them: "Wash them, eat them from the bottom, discard the top."  It said that was the method recommended by the Department of Health in Whitehall.

One primary school head binned the "ridiculous" instructions.

Schools were given free carrots last week under the 42million National Schools Fruit Scheme, which promotes healthy diet. Since March four to six-year-olds have received free apples, bananas and oranges. The email was sent by Salford Primary Care Trust, which runs the scheme in Greater Manchester.

Tim Buckley, head of Tithe Barn Primary in Heaton Moor, said: "It didn't explain how far up the carrot we were supposed to stop eating. We just cut the tops and bottoms off." Sue Moscoe, head of Orrishmere Primary in Cheadle Hulme, said: "We threw it straight in the bin. It was unbelievable."

Graham Brock, deputy head of Springwood Primary in Romiley, said: "They wouldn't send instructions on how to eat an apple so why a carrot?"

But Maureen Crane, a teacher at St Matthew's Primary in Edgeley, thought it was sensible. She said: "It reminded us to wash them before cutting off the tops and eating them. I don't see anything wrong with that."

Sylvia Cheater, regional head of the National Schools Fruit Scheme, said: "I hope our instructions didn't come across as patronising but sometimes we have to give people a full explanation."


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