November 24, 2020

No Ketchup Here


No Ketchup Here

School cafeterias are getting some new restrictions.

The head of Russia’s Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing, or Rospotrebnadzor, recently approved the new requirements, intended to make children healthier by increasing their vitamin intake and using iodized salt to keep children safe from an iodine deficiency.

The changes require that children are fed a hot meal, but there are some limitations on what that can include. For example, the classic dish macaroni po-flotski (макароны по-флотски) is no longer allowed, along with many ingredients, such as mushrooms, vinegar, mayonnaise, and ketchup. Also not allowed are kvas, sausages, peanuts, caramel, and cold soups, like okroshka. Vending machines can be installed, but they can’t contain candy, soda, or chips, but rather juice, water, nuts, and dried fruit.

The new regulations go into effect on January 1, 2021.

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