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Departmental Food

Volume 508: debated on Tuesday 6 April 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what account his Department's food procurement policy takes of animal welfare. (325528)

In line with DEFRA guidance regarding sustainable development and animal welfare issues, the Department of Health works with its catering and hospitality suppliers to ensure that they abide by the highest standards of animal welfare in their food procurement policy.

Quadrant Catering and Eurest Services provide staff restaurant and hospitality catering for Department of Health staff and are both part of Compass Group United Kingdom and Ireland, one of the United Kingdom's largest contract caterers, who have an excellent record in ethical food procurement.