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British meat industry welcomes new National Food Strategy

The British poultry industry supports the policy recommendations that will make quality British food more accessible.

31 July 2020, at 8:02am

British poultry meat industry welcomes the recommendations made by the National Food Strategy’s latest report including plans to extend free school meals to help put food on every table.

British poultry meat farmers and producers have been advocating for a long time for British food, and the quality it represents, to remain affordable and available for everyone. The British Poultry Council welcomes the urgent recommendations made by Henry Dimbleby’s National Food Strategy including measures to ensure that no one is left behind.

British Poultry Council, Chief Executive, Richard Griffiths, said:

“British food producers have shown phenomenal resilience and leadership while working hard to feed the nation amidst the biggest crisis of our lifetime. The recommendations made by the National Food Strategy have come at a time when our nation needs them the most. From putting food on every table in these turbulent times to preparing for the end of the EU exit transition period, our National Food Strategy must ensure that quality of food never diminishes and that every plate is filled with food grown to high British standards.

As a society we underestimate the need for self-belief and dignity that comes wrapped up in food. From an everyday customer in a supermarket, a patient in hospital, child in school, to someone who needs help from a charity or foodbank, every person in this country should have the privilege of access to affordable food every day.

The bold ambitions set out in the National Food Strategy’s Report Part One will help us create a food system that supports food dignity; a system where British farmers can carry on taking pride in producing food that people trust, and value; a system that helps British businesses grow and remain economically viable; and a system that creates good jobs and embraces a strong sense of community and social cohesion.

The National Food Strategy gives us an opportunity to decide how proud we are of our home-grown food, the food values that go into producing it, and how we want to trade with the rest of the world. Now is the time to bolster the heart of Britain’s food supply and secure it for generations to come.”