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Vegan trademark
28/03/2017 07:03
The Vegetarian Society, the organisation offering support to vegetarians and vegans, has launched a new vegan trademark for both on-pack and in eating establishments.

The trademark is for products free from animal-derived ingredients, cross-contaminations during production, GMOs, animal testing either directly or via commissioned processes.

Vanessa Brown, head of business and catering services at the Vegetarian Society, said: “The number of vegan...

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City Catering’s Junior Chef of the Year 2017 crowned
28/03/2017 07:03
Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s in-house caterer, City Catering has crowned Riley Gregory its Junior Chef of the Year 2017.

The 10–year-old, who goes to Longton’s St Gregory’s Catholic Academy, won the title after beating off competition from 29 children from 20 primary schools across Stoke-on-Trent.

Councillor Janine Bridges, cabinet member for education and economy at Stoke-on-Trent City Council, said: “This...

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School children worried about being teased for eating fruit and vegetables
27/03/2017 12:03
Research by psychologists at Staffordshire University has found that school children are worried about being teased for eating fruit and vegetables.

The study, published in the British Food Journal, is based on interviews with a small sample of nine to 11 year olds attending an after school club in the West Midlands area.

Although the study showed that children have a good awareness of the health benefits of eating fruit and...

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Opportunities to tackle childhood obesity being missed by government – Health Committee report reveals
27/03/2017 11:03
The Health Committee has expressed its disappointment at the government’s lack of action to tackle childhood obesity through the use of recommended measures in a follow up report.

Chair of the Health Committee, Dr Sarah Wollaston MP, said: "We are extremely disappointed that the government has rejected a number of our recommendations. These omissions mean that the current plan misses important opportunities to tackle childhood obesity.

“Vague statements about...

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Welsh Government seeks ideas to tackle childhood obesity
27/03/2017 10:03
The Welsh Government is inviting companies and research organisations to apply for a share of up to £1m funding to develop innovative solutions to make the food and drink available to children healthier, while reducing the cost.

Solutions are being sought by the Welsh Government that reduce the levels of salt, sugar and saturated fats, as well as improve the nutritional value of food and drink for children.

The Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths, said: “This programme is a call...

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27/03/2017 09:03
Leading trade bodies, the British Retail Consortium (BRC), the National Farmers Union of England and Wales (NFU) and the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) have issued a joint statement to government departments highlighting core objectives and priorities for UK trade policy post-Brexit.

The joint statement was issued to secretary of states and ministers at the Department for Exiting the European Union, the Department for International Trade, and the Department for Business and Industrial Strategy.

The statement said: “Much of the food supply chain is domestically based,...

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One Show investigation reveals 260 UK schools have unsatisfactory food hygiene standards
24/03/2017 09:03
The BBC's One Show revealed last night that 260 schools across the UK have 'unsatisfactory' food hygiene ratings.

The investigation was carried out by The One Show through the use of Freedom of Information (FOI) requests. 

It revealed that although there are 25,000 schools across the UK with the top food hygiene rating, there are 260 that failed to meet satisfactory standards. 

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Commercial Kitchen announces first exhibitors for 2017
24/03/2017 08:03
Commercial Kitchen has announced the first list of exhibitors for its 2017 event, which will be in held in June at NEC Birmingham.

The show is dedicated to the entire commercial kitchen industry and will feature over 100 exhibiting companies showcasing the latest innovations in equipment, devices and services.

Group event director Chris Brazier, said: “The kitchen is one of the most important investments any operator...

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Plymouth’s CATERed teams up with local library service
23/03/2017 15:03
Plymouth school catering service, CATERed, and Plymouth City Council’s library services have teamed up to increase access to libraries and a healthy meal during the summer holidays.

Library staff will be joining CATERed on its Big Summer Food Tour at locations across Plymouth to promote the benefits of library membership and run activities including storytimes and crafts. Free books will be given away alongside CATERed’s healthy free lunches.

The partnership has been...

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Call to eliminate holiday hunger in a decade
23/03/2017 15:03
A group of over 30 organisations has called on the government to commit to eliminating holiday hunger in a decade.

The issue known as holiday hunger affects families who rely on free school meals during term time and find the school holidays a challenging time to feed their children.

A letter, signed by organisations such as The Children’s Food Trust, Soil Association and Sustain, has been sent to the...

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