Research and analysis
Pesticides residues in food: School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme 2015 to 2016
- Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs and Health and Safety Executive
- Part of:
- Pesticide residues in food: results of monitoring programme
- 8 February 2016
- Last updated:
- 8 December 2016, see all updates
Results from the government’s pesticides residue monitoring programme in 2015 to 2016 for the School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme.
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The Department of Health funds the School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme as part of the ‘5 a day’ programme to increase fruit and vegetable consumption.
Under the scheme, all four to six year old children in Local Education Authority maintained infant, primary and special schools in England are entitled to a free piece of fruit or vegetable portion each school day. Around 440 million pieces of fruit or portions of vegetables are given to over 2 million children in some 16,000 schools across England each year. The scheme supplies apples, pears, bananas, grapes, soft citrus (such as clementines and satsumas) carrots, tomatoes, mini cucumbers, sweet peppers, raisins, sugarsnap peas and strawberries.
The Department of Health commission their own schedule of testing. Those results are reviewed by the Expert Committee on Pesticide Residues in Food (PRiF) before being published here. Suppliers to the scheme are also required to get their produce tested for pesticide residues regularly and to send these results to the Department of Health.
These results cover the school year 2015 to 2016. Earlier results are available on the National Archives website
Published: 8 February 2016
Updated: 8 December 2016
- Summer term 2016 results published.
- Added the spring term 2016 results.
- Added results from autumn term 2015.
- Added summer term 2015 results.
- First published.