A review of catering for the UK's ministry of food and farming (Defra) has demonstrated that is affordable and achievable to serve sustainable fish. The review set out to assess Defra's compliance with new mandatory Government Buying Standards for catering which require that all fish should be demonstrably sustainable.
The 2011 review, published in January 2012, shows that:
Jon Walker, coordinator of the Sustainable Fish City campaign that helped Defra to introduce the policy, and has since trained government chefs to comply with it, said, "We congratulate the UK's ministry for food and farming for having achieved such a robust sustainable fish standard. We look forward to seeing reports from the other departments to which these standards apply. We hope they have done equally well."
In June 2011, the UK government announced a new mandatory policy of using only sustainable fish in its catering for Central Government in England. The government has adopted the same definition of sustainable seafood as we have used for Sustainable Fish City and as for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games catering.
This policy now covers all catering for Number 10, Whitehall, Central Government departments, prisons, and some parts of the armed forces - greatly improving the sustainability of fish served in meals to around 400,000 people per year. Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Jim Paice MP commented “we are sending out a clear message to the wider public sector to take the same action”.
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