Government Departments: Meat

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 10th September 2018.

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Photo of Ben Lake Ben Lake Plaid Cymru, Ceredigion

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether Government procurement policies permit for non-stun meat to be procured by government departments for consumption on government premises.

Photo of George Eustice George Eustice The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The Government Buying Standards for Food and Catering require central government procurers directly, or through their catering contractors, to apply the mandatory animal welfare standards.

GBSF require meat that is served, whether produced in the UK or elsewhere, to be compliant with UK law on standards of production such as the Welfare of Animals at Time of Killing (England) Regulations.

The Government would prefer to see all animals stunned before they are slaughtered for food. However, we also respect the rights of the Jewish and Muslim communities to eat meat prepared in accordance with their religious beliefs.

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