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The Campaign for Better Hospital Food represents a coalition of organisations calling on the Westminster government to introduce mandatory nutritional, environmental and ethical standards for food served to patients in NHS hospitals in England. You can see a list of organisations supporting the campaign here.

These standards would ensure that hospital food:

  • promotes health, by reducing saturated fat, sugar and salt, and ensuring it meets recommended dietary guidelines for patients,
  • protects the environment, by increasing the amount of food which is sustainably grown (such as organic), using less oil and water, enhancing the soil and biodiversity, and resulting in fewer greenhouse-gas-emissions (GHGs), and
  • supports ethical food and farming practices e.g. by specifying animal welfare standards and guaranteeing that farmers who produce hospital food get fair pay and have safe working conditions.

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