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27 February 2014 | Gurjit Degun
The government is reviewing its food buying standards and has called for an independent investigation to look into whether its practices can be refined.
Food and farming minister George Eustice told the National Farmers’ Union annual conference in Birmingham yesterday the government is keen to ensure as much as possible of its £2 billion spend goes to British agriculture.
He said he has asked Peter Bonfield, who helped create the sustainable development strategy for the London Olympics, to investigate public sector food procurement.
“Price is a factor but so is how wholesome the food is, and where it has been sourced from,” explained Eustice.