According to the inspection, the supply is reduced and little diversified, noting that none of the machines of the hospitals inspected offers fresh fruit.
"We can say that we are satisfied, we think that the first challenge has been fulfilled, but we must move forward in the sense that tomorrow vending machines not only have what is allowed in the right measure, but that they make available a set of foods considered of presence preferential and that is well explained in the order, "defended the staff.
For Alexandra Bento, there is work that must be done so that when there is a new inspection action, "the result is not satisfactory, but it is an excellent result", and that the automatic machines of the NHS, bars, coffee shops and law firms can provide "a wide variety of healthy and appealing food products, such as fruit."
"If we work early in education and food literacy programs" and that for a child a carrot stick can be as appealing as a potato chip, I am sure that the institutions will, more convincingly, food supply, "he said.
The goal, he added, is to move towards the goal of all Portuguese adopting more balanced eating habits and choosing what is healthier
The inspective actions were carried out by an IGAS team with the participation of nutritionist experts, as a result of the institutional articulation with the Order of Nutritionists.
The operation was carried out at the Santarém District Hospital, at the Hospital and University Center of Coimbra, at the Portuguese Oncology Institute of Coimbra and Oporto, Figueira da Foz Hospital District, Baixo Vouga Hospital Center, Braga Hospital, Santa Maria Hospital Hospital Garcia de Orta Hospital and the Centro Hospitalar Lisboa Ocidental.
In June 2018, the Nutritionists' Association also asked IGAS for another inspection of the bars, cafeterias and buffets of the SNS with the intention of verifying compliance with the order limiting the availability of products with high salt content. its accomplishment.