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Government Departments: Food Waste

House of Lords written question – answered on 27th June 2012.

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Photo of Baroness Jones of Whitchurch Baroness Jones of Whitchurch Shadow Spokesperson (Culture, Media and Sport), Shadow Spokesperson (Education)

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in the light of the decision of both Houses of Parliament to sign up to the WRAP Hospitality and Food Service Voluntary Agreement to reduce food waste, the Department of Health will sign up to that agreement; and whether they will encourage catering contractors employed by the department to do the same.

Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The department has signed up to the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) Hospitality and Food Service Voluntary Agreement to reduce food waste. The department is about to go out to tender for a new contract and this will be a requirement of the new contract.

The department's current catering suppliers are already committed to sustainable sourcing, which includes providing full traceability of products and suppliers within their supply chain to ensure that sustainability, ethical and safety standards are built into their requirements.

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