Dairy Industry

– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 10th February 2011.

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Photo of John Scott John Scott Conservative

Question S3W-39207

To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has produced guidance for public bodies on purchasing milk produced in Scotland and how much of the milk procured for the public sector is labelled with the (a) country of origin and (b) name of the supplying farm.

Photo of Richard Lochhead Richard Lochhead Scottish National Party

There is no guidance that has been produced specifically for milk as it is not possible to specify in contracts "milk from Scotland" or similar. New guidance has been produced, Catering for Change - January 2011, which shows how to make full use of the flexibility available to public bodies to legally include sustainability issues in their food procurement activity.

Milk is sourced through competitive contracts awarded by public bodies. Milk companies will have full traceability of the source of milk supplied. Wisemans is by some margin the largest supplier and their labelling identifies Scottish milk but not the name of the supplying farm.

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