Second meeting of the Strategic Council for Food
The Strategic Council for Food met today at its second meeting. The members of the council set the starting points for further work in the field of food price comparison and the reform of the student food voucher system. Due to the extensive discussion, the agenda items relating to the presentation of Slovenia’s current national nutritional guidelines and the presentation of the Nordic guidelines were moved to the next meeting.
In the context of upgrading the online price comparison tool, the discussion was focused primarily on how to facilitate consumers’ searches between differently priced everyday foodstuffs. The members of the Strategic Council for Food agreed that consumers should be given an opportunity to choose from a predetermined set of foods, such as basic foods, fruit and vegetables, and traditional and vegan ranges of foods. The issue should exclusively be one of price comparison of a specific range of foods. The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food will study possible solutions to make the system as simple and interactive as possible.
As regards student nutrition, a comprehensive discussion was held on possible short-term and long-term changes that would contribute to a healthier diet for the student population. The members of the Strategic Council for Food agreed that a working group will be established under the auspices of the National Institute of Public Health and the Ministry of Health, which will update the healthy eating guidelines for students by next spring. Both members of the Strategic Council for Food and external experts in the field will be invited to join the working group. Council members also discussed ways of encouraging students to cook their own meals at home. In addition, they discussed the possibility of providing additional subsidies to providers of healthy meals for students. All council members saw a long-term solution in introducing large student catering establishments, i.e. student restaurants at faculties, following examples of good practice in, for example, Germany and Scandinavia.