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Departmental Food

Volume 508: debated on Wednesday 24 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department 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. (323064)

The Home Department including its NDPBs follows guidance issued by DEFRA’s Public Sector Food Procurement initiative on procuring meat and dairy products. The guidance shows how the Department can specify higher animal welfare standards, including farm assurance schemes and higher level schemes such as the RSPCA’s Freedom Foods Standard.

The Department’s regional facilities management contracts provide for a range of services including catering and the contracts specify that the Contractor complies with Government guidance on sustainable food and farming in delivering the contract.