Case 247 – School unable to heat up pupil’s home prepared lunch


Enquirer has been told by their disabled son’s school that they are unable to heat up his lunch because of the risk of food poisoning. The school cite “Health Safety” but are unable to tell them which rule they are referring to. Enquirer wish to send in home prepared meals specially blended to be fed to him orally.

Panel decision

This is a straightforward food safety issue and clear, simple, advice on precautions for reheating food is readily available from the Food Standards Agency. There is no health and safety law that prevents a school heating food that a parent has provided for a child with special needs and the Food Standards Agency website provides clear and simple guidelines on how to reheat food which anyone can follow

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