Food Safety Week will take place from 11 to 17 June and the theme is ‘food safety on a budget’. This annual event, held to promote the importance of good food hygiene in the home, will focus on how people can ensure that they keep their food safe when trying to save money.
The Government must develop a joined-up strategy to change the UK's
unhealthy and environmentally damaging food system, as fears mount
about global food security, MPs on the Commons Environmental Audit
Committee warn. This includes a recommendation that Government Buying Standards for food must be improved on meat and dairy and extended to cover hospitals, prisons and schools
The report and presentations from the WHO Health Communities Research Forum event on 14 December: Sustainable Food From Farm to Fork to Farm: the role for public health and planning is now
available to download by visiting the WHO/UWE website.
Prince Charles has congratulated 14
hospitals, including three in the South West, for the work they have done to improve and maintain high standards of
food for patients and staff in their organisations. The event in December at Clarence House welcomed chief
executives, catering managers, people who serve food on wards, patient
representatives, and local farmers who supply the hospitals. HRH The
Prince of Wales has been working with the Soil Association since 2004 and has
long campaigned to improve the quality of food in hospitals. Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation, North Bristol NHS Trust, and Devon
Partnership NHS Trust were among the 14 Trusts representing the highest achievements in hospital catering. For more information, see the full press release on the Soil Association website.
The theme for this
seminar in the popular 'Healthy Communities Research Forum' series will be how spatial planning and public health can support the
transition to a sustainable food system that is good for the planet and human
health. Attendance free.
The first Government Buying Standards for food and catering services has been announced, ensuring that Government departments and agencies buy more sustainable food and give small and local producers fair access to public contracts worth up to £2 billion a year. The new standards will cover procurement of food produced to higher sustainability and nutritional standards, and more sustainable catering operations.
About one third of all food produced for human consumption goes to waste, according to a study commissioned by the United Nations food agency, amounting to more than one billion tonnes of waste every year. Consumers in rich countries waste almost
as much food, 222 million tonnes, as the entire net food production of
sub-Saharan Africa. CLICK HERE for the full report.
The Soil Association has recently launched 'First Aid for Hospital Food', a report celebrating where hospitals have been successful at sourcing fresh, local and organic food with no impact on cost. The report also highlights where hospitals are falling short and sets a challenge for all hospitals to provide better meals for patients. For information visit the Soil Association website or click on the PDF link below to access the report.
Caroline Spelman, the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural
Affairs, has written to fellow Cabinet ministers telling them that all
procured and served by their departments must meet British standards,
as the Red Tractor or approved organic schemes, wherever it is bought
from. The requirement will soon be rolled out to the entire public sector,
schools and hospitals. For more information, visit the Sunday Telegraph website.
Food prices are set to rise as much as 40%
over the coming decade amid growing demand from emerging markets and for
biofuel production, according to a United Nations report released on 15 June which
warns of rising hunger and food insecurity. Click here for full information and to read the full report.