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S5W-09548: Brian Whittle (South Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 31 May 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what the details are of its food procurement policy for the central Excel contract, and what steps it takes to ensure that produce is imported from countries that have legislation governing food production similar to that in Scotland.

Answered by: Derek Mackay 13 June 2017

The Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014 (the Act) requires public sector procurement to take account of economic, social and environmental considerations. The Act also requires that public bodies include, in published procurement strategies, statements on how procurements relating to food take account of health and wellbeing and animal welfare.

Individual public bodies are responsible for their own procurement activity. Public sector food contracts will generally require compliance with all relevant UK legislation; assurance standards; evidence of food safety and traceability, and that food meets the nutritional requirements of local authorities.