Food: Prices

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 12th September 2013.

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Photo of Jim Cunningham Jim Cunningham Labour, Coventry South

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the Government is taking to help make fresh fruit and vegetables more affordable.

Photo of David Heath David Heath The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

We work across Government to provide consumers with the information with which to make choices about healthy, sustainable and affordable diets.

The School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme gives free fruit and vegetables to over 2 million children, and through 'Healthy Start' the Government provides a nutritional safety net, in a way that encourages healthy eating, to more than half a million pregnant women and children under four years old in very low income and disadvantaged families throughout the UK. Through the Public Health Responsibility Deal the Government is working with business and others to encourage and enable people to eat more fruit and vegetables.

We also work internationally to promote transparency, open global markets and a competitive domestic market to help producers and retailers offer the best prices to consumers.

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