Date lodged: 28 March 2019
To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body whether the processed meats used by its catering services is nitrite-free and, if not, whether it will consider introducing such a policy.
Answered by: Kezia Dugdale 24 April 2019
Catering services within the Scottish Parliament do use processed meats that include nitrites. Nitrites are additives used to protect the meats from harmful bacteria as well as improve the appearance and taste of the meat. Strict legislation ensures nitrite additives are kept at their lowest possible level to carry out their function. We regularly review our food policy and we are committed to maintaining the highest standards of food safety. While we offer a small amount of processed meats, around 1.2% of all perishable foods, we recommend that all our customers enjoy a balanced and healthy diet, that is limited in processed meats.