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Food waste included in public procurement guidelines

The Prime Minister and the new Environment Secretary, Elizabeth Truss, have announced a new scheme that will make waste prevention a key factor in Government food purchasing.

The Plan for Public Procurement will set out five key categories for food procurement for consumption in canteens and hospitals.

Among these, suppliers will have to demonstrate the resource efficiency of producing the food, such as water and energy use and waste production.

The other categories are how food is produced and whether it is produced locally, its health and nutritional content, whether it meets socio-economic priorities such as involvement of SMEs and value for money.

Truss said: “[The plan] will help drive growth in Britain’s first class food and drink industry and benefit the environment through reduced waste, higher take-up of meals and less unappetising food left on plates.”

The Plan for Public Procurement will come into effect in 2017.

The full documentation can be seen here.

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