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Campaigners attack flaws in Government food plans

The Good Food for Our Money campaign today responded to the publication of compulsory 'Government Buying Standards' for food bought by central government.

Jim Paice MP, Minister of State for Agriculture and Food at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, today announced the publication of Government Buying Standards for food bought by central government [1]. He said:

“Government Buying Standards are mandatory on Central Government and we will encourage the rest of the public sector to use them…... In particular, the standards deliver an undertaking for 100% sustainably sourced fish”.

While commitment to source 100% sustainable fish was welcomed, Alex Jackson, co-ordinator of the Good Food for Our Money campaign [2], stated:

“We are appalled that the Government has excluded hospitals and care homes from these compulsory nutritional standards for food served in the public sector. This is a missed opportunity to tackle diet-related ill health which costs the NHS £6 billion and causes thousands of premature deaths every year”.

For more information please contact Alex Jackson on Tel: 0203 5596 777 / Mobile: 07734 902909.
 
Notes to Editor

[1] The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs published Government Buying Standards today. For more details please go to:
http://www.defra.gov.uk/news/2011/06/16/government-buying-standards-food/

[2] See the Good Food for Our Money campaign at: https://www.sustainweb.org/goodfoodforourmoney/
 

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Published 16 Jun 2011

Good Food for Our Money Campaign: The Good Food for Our Money campaign ran from 2008 to 2011. After several notable successes, this campaign has now evolved to focus on winning healthy and sustainable food standards for hospital food, in parallel with Sustain's existing work on the Children's Food Campaign to secure healthy and sustainable food standards for school meals.

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