A high school in Ellesmere Port says it discourages unhealthy packed lunches as a government adviser suggested they be banned.
The report promoted the idea that school pupils should be banned from taking packed lunches in schools because of the likelihood that they would contain too much sugar, salt and additives in popular items such as crisps, fizzy drinks and chocolate.
Ruth Chisholm, business manager at Ellesmere Port Catholic High School, said: “We manage our own catering and our team, judged one of the best in Cheshire in recent years, produce an excellent choice and meet the national nutritional guidelines.
“Our students all eat in the school dining room at lunch time either having a school dinner or their own packed lunch. In this way, not only are students enjoying eating with friends but we can also be aware of the content of packed lunches.
“For some years we have taught pupils about the importance of a balanced diet and about the problems that processed foods and snacks with high salt and sugar content can cause for learners.
“We strongly discourage items like crisps and fizzy drinks in the advice that we share with parents about packed lunches.”