The schnitzel is slowly disappearing from school canteen menus in Munich and elsewhere in Germany. More and more schools and Kindergartens don’t offer dishes containing pork. There are several reasons.
"In the coming years, pork will disappear from the menu plans in kindergartens and schools," says the vice president of the German Society for Nutrition (DGE), Ulrike Arens-Azevedo, in the Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung stating, "caterers often offer menus completely without pork.“ The reasons for this development are both religious prohibitions and nutritional standards.
The caterers are making an effort to create attractive menus for children without pork. Alternatively poultry is on the rise, turkey sausage or chicken are taking the place of classics like schnitzel and currywurst.
Nutrition Minister Christian Schmidt sees the development with concern: "It cannot be that we simply ban pork which is part of our diet and food culture", the CSU politician told the WAZ. "I expect that creativity and different eating habits lead to more variety and not less."