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BPC calls for government to prioritise British farmers during procurement

The British Poultry Council is calling for public sector procurement of British food to be seen as an opportunity for British farmers, food producers, caterers and social organisations.

4 September 2020, at 7:00am

The British Poultry Council is calling for the government to give the UK's food industry an opportunity to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Government to invest in and provide food for those who need it the most.

In its written evidence to the EFRA select committee’s recent enquiry on public procurement, the British Poultry Council has said, “The UK needs a public procurement policy in place that prioritises British, to ensure access to safe, wholesome and nutritious food for UK citizens. Providing grown to world-class British standards in schools, hospitals and prisons reinforces the need for access to good food grown to good standards for everyone in the country. Government must make a concerted effort to buy food from those in this country who invest in meeting those standards.”

“It must promote British food and give public procurers the support to source it as their first choice. Public procurement will never sustain the British food industry on its own, but buying British sends out a message; not only to our producers, retailers, and consumers, but also to other nations, that we believe in and back our standards, our food, and our businesses.”