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Stockholm schools no longer serving butter

Oct. 15, 2012 at 2:45 PM

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- Parents in Sweden's capital say they're upset that butter is being removed from school lunches.

Stockholm schools have chosen to stop serving students real butter on their sandwiches due to new stricter guidelines from the National Food Agency, The Local.se reported Monday.

"I question these spreads, what is really in them? Is it OK that the kids are served any old low-fat spread?" one mother said to daily Dagens Nyheter.

Lotta Edholm, Stockholm city councilor in charge of schools, explained that schools are allowed to serve butter with bread if the school cuts down on the amounts of saturated fats in the rest of the food served.

"In the end, it is a question for every principal to decide for themselves what will be served, but our interpretation is that it is completely possible to serve butter," she said.

Despite efforts by schools and officials to explain the reason for change, parents are not happy with the new rules.

"Where's the freedom of choice? I don't think politics should decide how and what we should eat, there must be alternatives," said one parent.

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