Government to unveil food-buying protocol

The government will soon be unveiling an official buying protocol to ensure it is sourcing food produced to the same welfare standards as British farms.

As well as supporting the European Commission’s drive to introduce mandatory country of origin labelling, the government would not undercut British welfare standards if purchasing imported produce, said farming minister Jim Paice.

“We have a set of draft government buying standards that I hope will be announced soon; these will make sure all food we buy is produced to the equivalent of British standards.”


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