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Salmon Scotland, in partnership with Stirling Council, has organized a new initiative to encourage pupils to eat salmon in their school meals. A 12-week pilot is underway in six of the seven secondary schools across the Stirling Council area.

Thereby, the salmon meals will be available in canteens once a week. Along with information on the major health benefits of eating oily fish. Also, they will have access to more than 20 simple family-friendly recipes in home economics classes.

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On the other hand, one secondary school in the Stirling area will not offer salmon. This is the way to control the sample for the scheme.

Finally, the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) will provide an independent scientific evaluation of the project. This will measure both take-ups of the salmon and receptiveness to the information.

The pilot could pave the way for a national roll-out, in line with the Scottish Government’s ‘Good Food Nation’ policy. It recognizes Scottish salmon as high quality and healthy.

The benefits of salmon

Regarding this, Rural Affairs Secretary Mairi Gougeon confirmed: “I am delighted that this iconic seafood is being introduced to a new generation. We look forward to seeing the results of this initiative.”

In addition, Stirling Council head of education Bryony Monaghan said: “A well-balanced meal is known to promote educational development. Besides, incorporating locally sourced salmon in our school meals will make a great addition to the menu.”

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Also, “we hope a national roll-out will follow. So, more young people can make informed choices about healthy food to go with healthier lifestyles,” Tavish Scott, Chief Executive of Salmon Scotland, added.

Furthermore, Dr. Lucy Williamson, a registered nutritionist, noted: “Eating just one serving of oily fish a week, gives you more than two-thirds of your weekly omega-3 recommendation in a single meal. And the vitamin D in Scottish salmon is essential for immune function. Supports bones, muscles, and teeth – all vital for growing youngsters.”

To sum up, the Food and Drink Federation reported last week that Scotland’s economic recovery is due to strong growth in exports of drinks and seafood products.

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