JUNK food could be banned from school and pupils' packed lunches as part of a radical new law.
The first private member's Bill to be considered by the National Assembly, under its new law-making powers, would compel schools to teach children what makes up a healthy diet.
And it would also ensure that all children have access to drinking water in schools.
The proposed Healthy Eating in Schools Measure, which was put forward by Liberal Democrat AM Jenny Randerson, today won the backing of an all-party committee of AMs.
It said that leg is lation on healthy eating in schools is needed and progressed without delay.
Despite fears about the cost of the proposed legislation and the ongoing work to improve school children's diet as part of the Welsh Assembly Government's Appetite for Life initiative, the committee said the current approach to healthy eating in schools is too varied.
The report, which is published today, said: "While many schools have reportedly embraced this healthy-eating agenda, we share the concerns of some of those giving evidence that there is significant variability in arrangements for improving healthy eating across schools in Wales.
"We believe that all children and young people deserve a healthy start in life and that the proposed Measure will provide a suitable framework within which consistency and equity can be achieved."
The Measure could see schools developing policies about what parents and carers can put in packed lunches in a bid to prevent "unhealthy" foods from being brought in by pupils.
If passed, it would make healthy eating part of the schools inspection arrangements and enable Welsh ministers to specify nutritional standards in food and drink provided for pupils on school premises. …