Tag Archives: Government Buying Standards

NHS tries to dump junk food

CATERING FIRMS will be hauled in front of the NHS England board and told to offer up healthier choices in the country’s hospitals.                   Fast food chains operating on hospital sites, including Burger King, Greggs and Costa Coffee, could also be squeezed out as part of a…
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NFU chief attacks “hypocritical” government buying standards

THE NFU has long fought for better relationships between retailers and farmers, but its president also has the government’s buying practices in his sights.   In an exclusive interview, published in April’s Footprint, Peter Kendall refers to food procurement within central government as “lax”, and says the economic crisis is no excuse for allowing standards…
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A rotten year for public-sector food

HORSE MEAT in school meals, pork in prisoners' halal pies and a damning verdict on hospital catering have meant a troubled start to 2013 for catering companies.                           It might be a silly superstition, but 2013 is not turning out well for companies…
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New food standards for hospitals

THE DEPARTMENT of Health has announced eight “principles” to encourage the improvement of hospital food.     The list includes the adoption of Government Buying Standards “as standard wherever possible”.   Hospitals should also “regularly evaluate their food service and act on feedback from patients”. Healthy diets should also be promoted to patients, staff and…
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Caterers dragged in to milk debate

RETAILERS HAVE taken a swipe at caterers, food manufacturers and the Government for not paying farmers enough for milk.   Supermarkets have come under intense pressure in recent weeks after a series of price cuts, which the NFU has said has left dairy farmers “at the end of their tether”.   However, the supermarkets have…
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Defra in the dock over sustainable sourcing

Jim Paice has been left with egg on his face after his department failed to meet its own buying standards on food procurement. With the angry Minister promising immediate action, David Burrows asks whether the Government really has an appetite for sustainable food? It’s not the first time a Minister has been left red-faced on…
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McDonald’s shows DEFRA how it’s done

The new buying standards introduced by the Government in September are weaker than those in fast food outlets like McDonald’s.   New research carried out by the ‘Good food for our money campaign’  compared the government’s food procurement standards with those of McDonald’s in five key areas.   In three cases (eggs, milk and fairly…
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