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Departmental Food

Volume 508: debated on Monday 22 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will take steps to ensure that the meat and dairy products procured by his Department and its non-departmental bodies are free range or produced to standards equivalent to those of the RSPCA Freedom Food scheme. (323068)

All food products procured on behalf of the Department for International Development (DFID) in the UK are purchased by our catering contractors, Charlton House Catering Services. Charlton House Catering Services uses only nominated suppliers that are able to demonstrate conformity with current animal welfare legislation. They procure free range produce where possible within cost constraint and are working with Assured Food Standards to identify and promote products that qualify under the Red Tractor assurance scheme. DFID will ensure that in any future re-entering of the catering contract, due regard will be given to animal welfare standards as part of the awarding criteria.