Fruit-a-day for Euro zone kids

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An agreement has been reached amongst European agriculture ministers to provide free fruit to young school children, at a cost to the EU of €90m.

The distribution deal adopted by the European Parliament has a start date of 2009, would apply to children aged six to nine years but member states are free to chose if they want to take part or not.

Those that do would match EU funding out of national budgets and private funds.

The move has been especially welcomed by new EU member states in Central and Eastern Europe, as some do not have infrastructure in place to ensure catering in schools meets quality and nutritional standards.

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