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Youngsters join MP to enjoy milk as part of World Milk Day
2:44pm Tuesday 17th September 2013 in News
A POLITICIAN has pledged her support to a campaign which stresses the importance of milk for school children.
Pat Glass, the Labour MP for North-West Durham, has supported World Milk Day with a visit to Crook Primary School.
She visited the Croft Street school to join the youngsters as they enjoyed their carton of milk as part of today’s (Tuesday, September 17) lessons.
Ms Glass said: “It’s really important that young children of this age have milk every day.
“The benefits of children drinking milk are well known, it is a great source of calcium, vitamins and nutrients and has many health benefits.
“Children perform best when they are well nourished and drinking milk should be part of any healthy diet.”
World Milk Day is organised by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations and this year it marks its 14th anniversary.
It is marked in more than 30 countries and the event seeks to promote the importance of drinking milk in ensuring children are healthy.
Children in the UK under the age of 18 began to get a third of a pint of milk for free under the 1946 Free Milk Act.
Research had shown that poor nutrition and low income was linked to under achieving in school. It was felt that free milk would help to reverse the trend.
Since then free milk for school pupils has been eroded with Margaret Thatcher dubbed a Milk Snatcher when she looked to ban it in the 1970s when she was education minister.
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