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Food Labelling

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 14th 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 Communities and Local Government 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 Bob Neill Bob Neill The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

The Department for Communities and Local Government and its public bodies' caterers are contracted to comply with Government Buying Standards for food and catering services and information on country of origin is available through the supply chain where requested. We are negotiating a new total facilities management contract, which will be in place from April 2012. This contract will conform to Government Buying Solutions Standards and we will work with the new catering supplier to improve the degree and quality of information provided to customers.

This answer incorporates all of the Department and its associated public bodies, with the exception of the Planning Inspectorate, where the information was not readily available.

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