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Animal Welfare

Volume 477: debated on Thursday 12 June 2008

20. To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will hold discussions with Compassion in World Farming on his Department’s role in ensuring animal welfare standards are met in Government procurement policy. (210323)

The Public Sector Food Procurement Initiative encourages public bodies to specify higher animal welfare standards and suggests specific ways of achieving this. It also promotes farm assurance standards, including ‘Freedom Foods’, and allows buyers to place more emphasis on produce meeting higher level standards when contracts are awarded.

DEFRA will evaluate the Public Sector Food Procurement Initiative and its effectiveness in improving animal welfare.