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Olympic Games 2012: Food

Olympics written question – answered on 10th February 2010.

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Photo of Elliot Morley Elliot Morley Labour, Scunthorpe

To ask the Minister for the Olympics

(1) if she will direct the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games to ensure that over half of the chicken and egg products on sale at the London 2012 Olympic Games are procured from producers which adhere to high animal welfare standards;

(2) if she will require catering outlets and franchises awarded contracts for the London 2012 Olympic Games to undertake to (a) use (i) non-cage and (ii) domestically-produced eggs and (b) procure other food produced to high animal welfare standards.

Photo of Tessa Jowell Tessa Jowell Minister of State (Regional Affairs) (London), Minister (Cabinet Office) (Also Minister for Olympics and Paymaster General)

Animal welfare is extremely important and this is a central part of the London 2012 Food Vision.

The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG), a company limited by guarantee, is responsible for staging the London 2012 Games.

In line with the recently published sustainability plan 'Towards a One Planet 2012', LOCOG has now published 'For Starters', its policy for food. This proposes benchmark and aspirational standards for how it will source food for the Games. LOCOG has set out that the Red Tractor standard will be the benchmark standard across meat, fruit, vegetables, salads, cereals and dairy.

Red Tractor is a food assurance scheme, run by the Assured Food Standards organisation. It covers production standards developed by experts on safety, hygiene, animal welfare and the environment; this means that all dairy products, beef, lamb and poultry must be British. In addition, eggs must be British Lion mark free range.

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