Sustain has welcomed commitments from shadow Health Secretary Jon Ashworth that a future Labour Government would introduce legal standards for hospital food, extend the sugary drinks tax and ban junk food advertising during family TV, for the benefit of the nation's health.
Today, the Labour Party’s Shadow Health Secretary, Jonathan Ashworth, will announce a new commitment that a future Labour government would place hospital food standards on the same legal basis as school food standards.
There were 617,000 hospital admissions where obesity was listed as a primary or secondary diagnosis in 2016-17. This is 18 per cent more than the 524,725 admitted in 2015-16, according to the NHS Digital data released yesterday. Read the response from the Campaign for Better Hospital Food.
Sustainable Fish Cities wants to know who you would like to see serving sustainable fish. The campaign is inviting the public to vote on the next steps by completing an online poll.
Hotels, pubs, bars and restaurants are on a hiring spree - despite a consumer downturn - because they fear a shortage of migrant workers when Britain leaves the EU.
The Russell Hume meat company may have changed 'use by' dates on meat, and also country of origin labelling - allegedly serving up African and Australian meat as 'British', according to an ITN News report. Sustain's chief executive Kath Dalmeny comments.
The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Hunger’s new inquiry report on hidden hunger and malnutrition and older people provides an update on the extent of and drivers for malnutrition among older people and sets out recommendations for government, councils, care providers and third sector organisations.
Sustain questions Wetherspoon Chairman Tim Martin's opinion that food prices will fall after Brexit, and argues that - in any case - cheap food would come at a cost - to food quality, British jobs and British farmers.
How well are the UK’s top contract caterers supporting ocean conservation through their sustainable fish buying policies and practices?
A new investigation by Sustainable Fish Cities reveals red-rated fish on the menu in exclusive concert venues, city firms and restaurants.
Please vote for the Campaign for Better Hospital Food’s new Patient Jury.
Study led by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine with the University of Cambridge found adding a 10p levy to sugary drinks sold in Jamie’s Italian restaurants resulted in a decline in sales.
Today Prue Leith and the Campaign for Better Hospital Food are calling for the Department of Health to improve hospital food standards for patients. Add you voice to theirs and email Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt to demand better hospital food.
A coalition of organisations in the US is using the formidable buying power of America's fast food industry to leverage reductions in antibiotic use along meat supply chains.
All food premises in England should be forced to display ‘Scores on the Doors’ ratings when EU laws on food safety are converted into UK law after Brexit, argues the Local Government Association.
Food campaigners are cautiously celebrating press reports that the Conservative election pledge to cut Universal Infant Free School Meals appears to have been dropped. Read more for Sustain's response
A recent raid which freed 70 employees thought to have been working in highly exploitative conditions in a frozen food factory in Birmingham highlights a major, ongoing problem in the food industry.
The part-time, London-based role will be with the catering standards scheme, Food for Life Served Here.
Increasing consumption of 'out-of-home' meals has been identified as an important factor in rising levels of obesity. A new toolkit from Public Health England (PHE) aims to make it easier for small-scale food outlets -- and the planners and others who work with them -- to supply healthier foods.
A new report from the Campaign for Better Hospital Food looking at how hospitals meet government food standards has received widespread coverage and the backing of chef and TV star Prue Leith. Read on for more coverage of the report.
Sustain staff were proud to stand in solidarity with diverse communities by participating in the One Day Without Us campaign on 20th February 2017.
Cookery writer said 'inedible' NHS food is stopping patients from getting well. She said it was contractors trying to save money who were to blame, not cooks. Prue Leith said healthier menus would speed up recovery rates and free up beds.
Sustainable Fish Cities and Seafood Legacy Japan have called on the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games to serve only demonstrably sustainable fish.
Public Health England has updated its nutritional guidance for caterers to reflect new government advice on healthy eating.
The responsibility for hospital food standards officially passed from the Department of Health (DH) to NHS Improvement (NHSI) in February 2017 - despite no-one being in post to take on the work.
A review of progress towards standards set for hospital food two years ago shows how much work remains to be done before patients, staff and visitors can be confident that they will be well fed on hospital premises.
Sustain member Beyond GM wants to get chefs -- and their customers -- talking and thinking about genetically modified food.
Sustain member Food Matters has won funding for a pilot project in Wandsworth Prison that aims to improve prison meals and help prisoners to make food choices that can boost their health and wellbeing.
From January 2017, the Soil Association’s Food for Life Catering Mark is being relaunched as ‘Food for Life Served Here’. The new name and associated marketing materials will help to make the mark easier to understand.
The results of the sixth annual survey of food initiatives supported by London councils have been published by campaigning network London Food Link. The ‘Good Food For London’ report, supported by the Mayor of London and national food and farming organisations, measures progress and encourages local councils to take action on good food.
The case studies produced by Sustain, Sustainable Food Cities and the National Association of Care Catering outline how these meals on wheels services are operated, the additional services or value which they provide beyond delivery of prepared meals, their local partnerships and hopes for the future.
The Defra Secretary of State tries to be reassuring -- but admits no-one knows how the negotiations will go
Packagers' trade association reacts angrily to restaurateurs' plea for less waste
On the eve of Rio 2016, last-minute pledges from top caterers mean all London’s top sports venues will now be served sustainable fish. The Copper Box Arena, London Aquatics Centre, The Orbit, Wimbledon Tennis and Oval Cricket Ground receive a ‘gold medal’ for committing to serve sustainable fish.
All fish served during the London 2012 Olympics met top standards for sustainability as part of the Games’ food vision. How will Rio do in comparison?
The large and growing catering sector could benefit from taking steps to provide more sustainable food, says a report from the Food Ethics Council
Sustain members the Organic Trade Board and the Soil Association are joint organisers of an event to celebrate the role of independent retailers in selling and promoting organic foods
Keep Britain Tidy teams up with Costa Coffee to boost use of reusable cups
Food Standards Agency and Allergy UK survey finds that better labelling on menus has helped, but there are still challenges
The NHS in England is step up its efforts to improve the health of its 1.4 million staff by offering financial incentives to promote physical and mental health and provide nurses, doctors and ancillary staff with healthy food options.
The Institute of Food Safety Integrity & Protection (TIFSIP) are requesting information on best practice and case studies in interventions designed to improve the out of home food environment for a new Public Health England toolkit.
Sales of organic grocery products climbed by 4.9% last year to £1.95bn – outperforming the non-organic grocery market as a whole, which contracted by 1%
A new survey undertaken by Action on Sugar on hot flavoured drinks from popular coffee shops and fast food chains, has found that 98% of the 131 drinks tested would receive a ‘red’ nutritional value label for excessive levels of sugar. The drinks assessed included coffees, mochas, lattes, hot fruit drinks and hot chocolates.
Almost half the winners in the 2016 National Fish and Chip Awards have been won by outlets serving MSC-certified fish
Do you know a wonderful workplace cook, a fabulous farmer, a terrific takeaway or a legendary local market? Then nominate them for the BBC Food and Farming Awards.
The European Commission has opened a formal investigation into Luxembourg’s tax treatment of McDonald’s.
London Food Link supporters have written to the Old Royal Naval College asking the attraction to serve only cage-free eggs in their catering. Today, London Food Link delivered the 300 names to the caterer Ampersand inside a 'symbolic' plastic egg.
More than half the UK’s large restaurant chains are using seafood from overfished areas of the sea or fail to be transparent about the origins of their fish and shellfish, an assessment by Fish2fork and the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) suggests.
Places are still available on Commonwork's Christmas Cooking course on the 21st November.
Sadly the Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust closed its hospital kitchen doors for the last time this autumn as, despite best efforts from campaigners, the Trust moved its community hospitals to a cook-chill food system.
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Better Hospital Food
Children's Health Fund
Children's Food Campaign
Food and Farming Policy
Food co-ops toolkit
Good Food For London
London Food Link
Planning Food Cities
Real Bread Campaign
Roots to work
Save Our Antibiotics
Sugar Smart UK
Sustainable Fish Cities
Sustainable Food Cities
The Big Dig
Urban Food Fortnight