Dundee City Council has defended its plans to introduce frozen meals into schools.
The local authority is proposing to change its school meal provision from cooking on site to cooking meals at a central hub and distributing them frozen to schools.
Concerns have been raised by parents who fear that frozen meals will not be a healthy option for their children.
Discussing the plans at a meeting of the council’s policy and resources committee, director of children and families services Paul Clancy said: “We are confident there is the same nutritional value in frozen food as in fresh.
“We are planning to get as many people as possible to taste the frozen meals before we introduce them to our schools.
“That way they will see and taste for themselves the high quality of the food that will be produced. The food will also meet all government guidelines.”
Alan Ross, convener of the council’s community safety and public protection committee, said: “There are a lot of misconceptions around frozen food.
“There is nothing wrong with frozen food.”
Dundee, Angus and Perth and Kinross councils are considering the proposals, with the cuisine centre in Dundee set to undergo a multi-million-pound transformation if the plans are approved.