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28/07/2011

Freshfel vigorously opposes budget cut for EU School Fruit Scheme

Freshfel vigorously opposes the position of EU Member States to cut the 2012 EU School Fruit Scheme (SFS) budget by nearly 30%. Freshfel deems this budget cut totally unacceptable, in times of stagnating or even declining fresh produce consumption with its related negative public health impact, rising health care costs and lost productivity due to the low intake of fruit and vegetables and omnipresent debates about changing lifestyles and healthy eating habits. On top of the immense damage which the recent E.coli outbreak brought to the image of fresh produce, this decision by EU Member States gives a wrong signal to the sector as well as to the general public.

 

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