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House of Lords: Food Disposal

Volume 717: debated on Monday 8 February 2010

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To ask the Chairman of Committees whether unused food and beverages which reach their consume-by date before being used for meals in the House of Lords are offered to charities for distribution to those in need. [HL1747]

No. Stock is carefully controlled so as to minimise waste. Packaged goods which reach their use-by date are thrown away rather than distributed to charities as under food labelling regulations they are considered a risk to health and the House of Lords would remain liable for any food poisoning which might result after consumption. Fruit and vegetables which are reaching the end of their shelf life are, wherever possible, used as an ingredient in the preparation of other dishes for immediate consumption.