Good Food for Our Money campaign survey shows massive public support for introduction of legally-binding hospital food standards.
Shadow Food and Farming Minister Huw Irranca-Davies MP today challenged Caroline Spelman, Secretary of State for Environment, Farming and Rural Affairs, to 'stop clowning around with food standards' and 'catch up with Ronald McDonald'.
This report compares 'Government Buying Standards' (which apply to food served in government departments, parts of the military and state-funded prisons) to the environmental and ethical standards of food served at McDonald's, the global fast food giant, and finds that Government food standards are worse than McDonald's.
New research from Sustain shows Government has introduced food standards for public institutions which are weaker than those of McDonald's.
Campaigners have attacked the Government for breaking its promise to buy food which is certified to meet British standards of production.
Good Food for Our Money campaign attacks government for introducing new rules for eggs bought by the public sector that will confine thousands of hens to life in a cage.
The Good Food for Our Money campaign today responded to the publication of compulsory 'Government Buying Standards' for food bought by central government.
Sustain has won the President's Award from the Chartered Institute for Environmental Health 'for an organisation that has made a significant contribution to environmental health', highlighting in particular our Good Food for Our Money campaign for health and environmental standards for public sector food.
Members of staff at Sustain send cheques for 83p to the Prime Minister and every member of the Cabinet to ensure that, while at work, Ministers eat fish that is from the very best sustainable sources.
The Good Food for Our Money Campaign demands that the Government changes it plans to introduce weak seafood standards for food served in public sector institutions.
The Good Food for Our Money Campaign responds to Government consultation on plans to introduce compulsory standards for a third of public sector food.
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, backed by Sustain and leading fish conservation groups, has written to UK government ministers to complain that, under new proposals, 8 in 10 fish bought in the public sector will have no sustainability standards.
Joan Walley, MP for Stoke-on-Trent North, today launched a campaign for legally binding standards to improve public sector food
The report explains why government must introduce mandatory health, environmental, animal welfare and ethical standards for public sector food. It is co-written by a number of authors who are experts in their respective fields.
Professor Tim Lang, a leading expert in food policy and prominent government adviser, today joined campaigners to call for legally binding standards to improve hospital food.
A second, updated report analysing government spending from 2000 to 2010 that has been wasted on failed voluntary attempts to improve hospital food. The bill for failed government initiatives continues to rise, reaching £54m over the past decade.
A campaign group has offered Stephen Byers £100 to lobby Hilary Benn MP to introduce new rules for school and hospital food to protect endangered fish.
A briefing document produced by the Good Food for Our Money campaign calling for legally binding sustainability standards for seafood served in public sector institutions such as government departments, hospitals, schools, prisons and the armed forces.
David Drew MP introduces legislation in Parliament to stop the public sector buying endangered fish.
Loyd Grossman responds to the Good Food for Our Money campaign's 'A Decade of Hospital Food Failure' report by declaring 'it is a scandal that improving hospital catering remains far from the top of the NHS agenda'.
The Government has wasted over £50 million since the year 2000 on at least 17 separate initiatives to improve hospital food, which have resulted in almost no improvement to the quality of meals served, or to their nutritional and environmental value.
The report reveals that more than £50m of taxpayers' money has been spent by government on failed voluntary attempts to improve hospital food in the last ten years. It calls for decisive action to set standards to improve the health and sustainability of hospital food, for the benefit of everyone.
Sustain's reponse to The Government announcement on health and climate change.
The government was criticised today for condemning millions of chickens to miserable lives by failing to require high standards of animal welfare for food served in schools, hospitals and care homes.
The Good Food for Our Money campaign calls on government to act on the advice of expert advisors, who have called for mandatory standards for public sector food.
On the day the Food Matters poilcy report is published on the importance of food to public health and the environment, campaigners say the Government for not putting its money where its mouth is.
Campaigners criticise the Government for failing to prioritise health, environmental and ethical concerns when buying food, having analysed how money is spent on food in hospitals, schools, prisons, the army and government departments.
This fact sheet is published by Good Food for Our Money, which is campaigning for compulsory health and environmental standards in public sector food. Some public sector institutions say that they believe that European public procurement rules stop them from specifying environmental, ethical, health, social and animal welfare ('sustainable food') criteria in catering contracts paid for from the public purse. This fact sheet shows that in fact, both EU law and UK government policy strongly support sustainable food procurement in the public sector.
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