Northern Ireland Assembly Commission

Part of Oral Answers to Questions – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 3:00 pm on 12th March 2013.

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Photo of Pat Ramsey Pat Ramsey Social Democratic and Labour Party 3:00 pm, 12th March 2013

I thank the Member for the question.  The Assembly Commission monitors the traceability of all food and produce sold in Parliament Buildings through its current support services contract.  That specifies that the service provider, Compass Eurest, shall ensure that all food supplied under the contract meet current UK laws governing the sale and consumption of food.  Food standards mirror standards laid down in assurance schemes that encompass food safety, environmental considerations and animal welfare, provide for independent third-party inspection and are accredited to the European product certification standard EN45011.

As a result of the recent mislabelling of meat products in the European food chain, the Assembly Commission recently sought and received further assurances that Compass Eurest’s Ireland and UK suppliers comply with our required traceability testing and hygiene processes for this contract.  It has also verified that all meat products sold in Parliament Buildings adhere to the required standards and specifications.