Scrutiny Committee supports council being a "good egg"

October 13, 2009 11:01 AM

Freedom Food logo• At yesterday's Strategy and Resources Scrutiny Committee meeting, Cambridge City Council approved steps for the Council to support food production that respects animal welfare

• The measures will include:

o The Council providing poultry meat and eggs that are compliant with standards set out by the Freedom Food or Free Range labelling schemes where its own staff provide catering services

o That where the Council contracts with third parties to provide catering services, it will request that such an option is offered to customers

o the Council encouraging third parties that provide food at its outdoor events to support the policy

• The detailed policy position follows on from the support councillors gave to a recent motion on the topic at full council

• The Council will where appropriate bring forward those elements of the policy that have a financial impact as a bid in the annual Budget process

Coun Rod Cantrill, Executive City Councillor for Customer Services and Resources, commented:

"Local Authorities have a clear opportunity to lead the way in Animal Welfare standards particularly in this area as European legislation will ban the use of barren battery poultry cages from 2012.

We are pleased to be able to support producers who are committed to ethical standards of production"

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