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The study was undertaken to assess the implementation of the guidelines in school canteen introduced over seven years ago.
The assessment was carried out in two districts, a total of 71 school canteens were studied in the districts of Colombo and Gampaha in the Western Province. A checklist and a data recording sheet were used to record the observations done in the school canteens. In addition, Interviews were conducted, with principals of participating schools and persons operating the school canteens to obtain their perception of implementing the school canteen guidelines.
The study found that all the canteens are experiencing difficulties in adhering to the stipulated guidelines. The canteens continued to sell unhealthy food items despite the restrictions. The demands for alternative healthy food items were extremely low among students.