Vegetarian kindergarten in China ordered to provide meat lunches after menu creates scandal and accusations of malnutrition


A kindergarten in southwestern China has been ordered to give up its vegetarian diet for children after it aroused national controversy that it could lead to nutritional deficiency. The kindergarten, named Deyin School in Chengdu city, has broken national and local regulations on meals for preschool children by deliberately avoiding animal-based foods, said the local education bureau over the weekend. The school provided milk and eggs but no other animal-derived foods such as meat and fish which is against the government’s nutrition guidelines for schools, the bureau said in a statement on Weibo. It has been ordered to improve its eating plan and to make it more balanced, according to the statement.

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