Fairtrade on the new standards for hospital food

Cup of Fairtrade coffee

Fairtrade welcomes a commitment to Fairtrade, but would ideally like to see it go further

In response to the new standards for hospital food announced by Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, Fairtrade Foundation’s Head of Policy & Public Affairs, Tim Aldred, said:

“As one of more than 100 organisations supporting Sustain’s Campaign for Better Hospital Food, we were pleased to see that the new standards for hospital food included a commitment to sourcing 50% of tea and coffee as Fairtrade. Every commitment to sourcing Fairtrade products is very welcome,  because it means that the farmers who grew them earned a fair price and a Fairtrade Premium to invest in their business or community. Ideally, we’d like to see the government go further and commit to sourcing 100% of tea and coffee served in hospitals as Fairtrade. When you consider the huge volumes of tea and coffee served in hospitals across the UK every day, it could make a significant difference to the lives of farmers and workers in the developing world who rely on tea and coffee for their livelihoods.”

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For more information, please contact Nicola Frame, Media & PR Manager on 020 7440 8597 or nicola.frame@fairtrade.org.uk