Publication - Advice and guidance

Scottish Milk and Healthy Snack Scheme: guidance for local authorities and day care settings

Published: 7 Jun 2021
From:
Clare Haughey MSP
Directorate:
Children and Families Directorate
Part of:
Children and families
ISBN:
9781802010275

Statutory guidance for the operation of the Scottish Milk and Healthy Snack Scheme for local authorities and participating (registered) day care settings.

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Scottish Milk and Healthy Snack Scheme: guidance for local authorities and day care settings
Annex C: Soya Drink Specification

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Annex C: Soya Drink Specification

1. There is a very wide range of soya drinks on the market with varying levels of nutritional content (calories, protein, sugar and fat) and added (fortified) vitamins and minerals. This specification has been designed as a guide to support those selecting an unsweetened, calcium enriched soya drink for children over 12 months as part of the scheme to ensure that those provided have the closest nutritional content to cow's milk.

2. The values below are guiding amounts and can be used to compare against the nutritional information of unsweetened, calcium enriched soya drinks. This information can be found on the back of the packaging, or requested from suppliers.

3. Any soya drink provided must be unsweetened, and enriched with calcium. Fortification with other nutrients which are present in plain cow's milk has been included as desirable to help ensure adequate nutrient intakes in children drinking dairy alternatives. However, please note that not all drinks will contain all of the desirable nutrients listed below.

Nutrition Guiding Amount per 100ml
Energy At least 33kcal/ 138kJ
Fat At least 1.7g
Sugar No more than 0.5g
Protein At least 3.3g
Essential fortified nutrient Guiding Amount per 100ml
Calcium 120mg
Desirable fortified nutrient Guiding Amount per 100ml
Riboflavin (B2) 0.2mg
Vitamin B12 0.38µg
Iodine 31µg

4. Organic varieties are not fortified with any vitamins or minerals and are therefore not suitable to be provided within the scheme.

How to know if a product meets the requirement to be unsweetened

5. Descriptions of unsweetened calcium enriched soya drinks varies between products. Products may include descriptions such as 'reduced calorie', 'no sweeteners', 'totally unsweetened', 'no sugars', 'light', 'original', 'natural', 'skinny' and more. The specification above should be used to determine the amount of sugar within the product and this will help to ensure that it meets acceptable levels.

6. This specification will be reviewed in August 2022.


Contact

Email: SMHSS@gov.scot