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Governments should change rules on school and hospital food

February 18, 2013 9:56 AM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

As Food Ministers meet in London today Scottish Liberal Democrat ruralTavish ScottTavish Scott affairs spokesman Tavish Scott MSP is calling for a radical change to public sector food procurement rules.

Commenting, Mr Scott said:

"There is only one criterion for the food served in schools and hospitals and that is cost. Processed meat is the norm. So Government Ministers playing an utterly counterproductive blame game should take real action.

"The Scottish Government should abolish its existing food procurement rules. Rules that mean schools, hospitals and care homes for the elderly have to buy on the basis of price alone. Instead new meat purchasing rules should balance local produce, the farm it is produced at and the nutritional value for children, elderly and sick people.

"We should build a new, fair system of purchasing meat for schools, hospitals and care homes. The Scottish Government should immediately introduce new procurement rules for local authorities and health boards. That would be good for consumers, farmers and taxpayers. Today we need a lot less hot air from Ministers and a lot more concrete action."