The French government said it is banning ketchup from being served with any dishes except fries in all school and college cafeterias.
Officials said the ketchup ban, which also stipulates fries can be served a maximum once per week, is aimed at promoting healthy eating among the country's youngsters, the Los Angeles Times reported Friday.
"France must be an example to the world in the quality of its food, starting with its children," Agriculture and Food Minister Bruno Le Maire said.
Jacques Hazan, president of the Federation of School Pupils' and College Students' Parents Councils, welcomed the ketchup ban and other new food regulations as a "victory" during an interview with The Times of London.
The new regulations also require a serving of cooked or raw vegetables to be included with every meal.