Friday, November 11, 2011
Chocolate straws for milk
school milk (this link is specifically about Queensland, but it seems it was a Commonwealth scheme, so was the same in all states) - thereby hangs another tale. Somebody had decided that children needed extra nutrition, so every day we got to drink 1/3 pint of full cream milk. Trouble was, the milk sat outside, often in the sun, from when it was delivered to when we were issued with it at morning recess. Strangely, although it was usually warm rather than cold no-one ever seemed to get sick from it, and we all drank it. The use of the wonderful flavoured straw (which from memory had a felt-like "wick" inside the straw, through which the milk passed and became flavoured) certainly enhanced the experience. Milk monitors used to collect the milk for each class and then distribute it to the students. Once a month (or was it weekly) we also received an iodine tablet - this was because it had been determined that in our area there was a lack of natural iodine, which is needed for brain development. Once the use of iodised salt became prevalent we no longer received the tablets. Apparently it is becoming a problem again, because a) people are using less salt and b) the salt they ARE using is often non-iodised, rock salt or salt flakes etc.