Children eating a school meal

Special diets

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If only helping children with medical needs and allergies was that simple! The fact is that many children cannot tolerate a range of foodstuffs and a great deal of care and attention is needed to ensure that the meals for each child are suitable. 

 
When a parent prepares a meal for a child, they know exactly what ingredients have been used. When we prepare a meal for a child, we want the parent to be as confident about what’s gone into the meal as if they had prepared it themselves. Catering for every single child is an integral part of the Catering Leeds service.

 Medical, religious or cultural … all diets can be catered for. 

 

Medical Diets

Whatever the medical diet, we can provide a meal which meets it. We have experience of providing meals for most medical allergies and intolerances ranging from coeliac to  nut and nut derivatives, milk and milk derivatives, egg and egg derivatives, diabetic and many other combinations to the much more complex and rare PKU diet. 

 
Where required, we work closely with hospital dieticians and provide site specific training for kitchen staff to ensure all individual diets can be safely provided and
 often utilise specialist ingredients to make regular dishes suitable, i.e. making a gluten free crumble. 

 

Halal 

Many schools across the city have a clear proportion of children who require a halal meal and we are happy to provide this. Any meals that include halal meat are
 clearly identified and are only offered to children who require one. There are schools in Leeds where all the meat is halal, due to the high demand in certain areas. 

 
We train all out staff on the background to halal provision and why it is important to Muslims. Our high standards ensure that our halal meals contain only halal meat
 and halal suitable components and we have the utmost confidence in our sourcing and traceability of all our halal products. 

 
Our procedures for storage, preparation, cooking and serving halal meals are strictly adhered to so there is no possibility of cross contamination. In fact we regularly
 audit the premises and procedures of our suppliers to ensure they continue to meet our standards. 

 
Our meat supplier is HMC accredited and we are happy to provide HMC certification evidence. As with all of our meat, our halal meat is produced to UK Farm Assured
 standards. 

 

Vegetarian 

Many children follow a vegetarian diet for religious or ethical reasons, we can provide a daily vegetarian option that’s exciting, eye catching and tastes absolutely
great. In fact even our most committed meat eaters too. You can expect our staff to be fully trained and following clear procedures to ensure there is no cross
contamination during storage, preparation, cooking and serving. 
 

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