N.B. schools ban juice & chocolate milk

In an effort to enhance nutrition among students at schools in New Brunswick, the provincial government has decided to ban flavored milk and juices.

Today the Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Brian Kenny stated, “It is important that we promote and encourage our students to practice a healthy lifestyle and teach them what a proper meal looks like.”

The policy change applies to all food and beverages sold, served or otherwise offered in all New Brunswick’s public schools, and requires foods of a higher nutritional value which are lower in saturated fat, sugar, and sodium. Additionally, beverages such as flavored milk and juices, will no longer be sold, served or offered.

The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development partnered with the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, dietitians from Public Health and other stakeholders to enhance the existing policy to reflect the most recent evidence and best practices in school nutrition.