Competition triumph for Aiden

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An Newtonhill pupil’s artwork has been selected to go into a national calendar thanks to his creative poster design which promotes food safety and hygiene.

Newtonhill Primary School pupil, Aiden Meade, has been named one of 11 runners up from over 5,000 entries from 200 schools across Scotland.

The annual competition invites primary school children from across the country to design a poster about with the top 12 pictures featuring in a Food Standards Scotland (FSS) calendar.

FSS’ Calendar Competition is just one of the organisation’s education initiatives, aimed at providing youngsters with a solid foundation for establishing lifelong food hygiene and healthy eating habits.

This is the first calendar competition FSS has run since April 2015 when it became an independent body with wider powers to regulate food standards and help Scottish consumers to make healthier choices.

Deputy Headteacher at Newtonhill Primary, Karen Cable, believes the competition is a novel way to encourage children to learn about food.

She said: “We’re delighted that Aiden’s design has been picked for Food Standards Scotland’s calendar.

“The competition was great fun for the children and allows them to do their own research and turn what they have learned into a creative piece of work.

“We can see that this has prompted the pupils to think about what they’re eating and why their choices are important.”

The primary concern of FSS is consumer protection – making sure that food is safe to eat, ensuring consumers know what they are eating and improving nutrition.

FSS’s stated vision is to deliver a food and drink environment in Scotland that benefits consumers.