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Food Labelling

Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 12th December 2011.

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Photo of Huw Irranca-Davies Huw Irranca-Davies Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps the food and catering services in (a) his Department and (b) public bodies for which he is responsible are taking to ensure the countries of origin of foods are labelled on its menus and display boards.

Photo of Gregory Barker Gregory Barker The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

DECC receives its catering services through a contract procured by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). The catering contractor has signed up to the industry principles, agreed with DEFRA, for country of origin labelling for meat and dairy products. The country of origin is identified on menus by indicating either UK (British), EU or global.

In relation to those DECC non-departmental public bodies who have contracts covering catering:

the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority is planning to implement country of origin labelling on menus in the new year; and the Coal Authority's food and catering services are provided by an external company under contract. The countries of origin are not displayed. The majority of the food provided is sourced from the United Kingdom. The remainder comprises fresh salad produce, tinned tomatoes and other produce, the origins of which will change during the year.

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