Hampshire school meals say no to additives 1/9/2005 Colourings and preservatives have been banished from school meals prepared by Hampshire County Council Catering Services (HC3S). HC3S has achieved the Hyperactive Children's Support Group's (HACSG) Highest Award for Excellence in School Catering. In order to gain this accreditation 70 different additives, such as colourings and preservatives, have been removed from products being used for primary school meals. HC3S is the first local authority caterer to be given this award which it achieved by working closely with HACSG and suppliers. HACSG is a registered charity which has been successfully helping ADHD/Hyperactive children and their families for over 25 years and is Britain's leading advocate of a dietary approach to the problem of hyperactivity. Research by the HACSG has shown that a high percentage of children diagnosed with hyperactivity had adverse reactions to artificial colourings and preservatives in food, most commonly known as `E numbers', and to some naturally occurring substances, for example salicylates, an aspirin-like substance, which occurs in many fruits and some vegetables. With these specific additives removed, research has shown that children's behaviour has improved and their concentration is better. Hampshire County Council believes that the accreditation from the HASCG is further proof that school meals are most definitely the healthy option for primary school children. Leader of Hampshire County Council, Councillor Ken Thornber , said: "There is no doubt in my mind that what children eat not only affects their physical health but also has an impact on their behaviour and concentration. HCS3 has always striven to provide tasty nutritionally balanced school meals for the children of Hampshire. "The removal of additives from the menu is an important step and is part of a larger improvement plan for school meals. In becoming the first local authority caterers to achieve the HACSG Award we have shown that we are a leading light in the revolution of school meals." The HACSG are delighted that Hampshire County Council has taken the issue of additives on board and taken such a major step as part of their continuous improvement programme. Nick Giovinelli from the HACSG commented, " HACSG is very impressed with the hard work put in by HC3S, and dedication to their children's welfare. We are sure the results will soon be shown including better behaviour and better academic achievement. We hope that other school catering organisations will be keen to follow Hampshire's fine example."