Food for Life

BD Together’s Silver Food for Life Certification has been renewed, reinforcing our commitment to serving locally sourced and ethical ingredients in schools across Barking and Dagenham.

The Food for Life Served Here Certification was awarded following a visit from a Food for Life Inspector, and confirms that we are continuing to serve food made from fresh, local and honest ingredients, free from undesirable additives and trans fats, that meets UK welfare standards, and complies with national nutrition standards.

Darren Tranter, MD of BD Together, commented, “Being part of this scheme shows that BD Together is committed to serving children healthy school lunches made from seasonal, fresh, local and ethically sourced ingredients and to raising standards of food served across the UK. The children benefit from eating healthy meals and their parents are reassured to know that our menus are freshly prepared using ingredients that are sustainable and can be traced back to farms, we have reduced salt and sugar, introduced more pulses, fruit and vegetables to menus and are using wholegrain ingredients.

“Meeting the standards for the Silver Food for Life Award is just one part of our ongoing programme to promote sustainability, support our local communities and protect our environment, while continuing to serve delicious and nutritious school meals.”

The Soil Association’s Food for Life Served Here standards are set by an independent Standards Committee, which is made up of industry experts from a wide range of sectors. The standards are created with public health priority and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals in mind. Caterers are awarded points for sourcing higher welfare, ethically produced ingredients, such as Free Range, organic, MSC, Fairtrade, Leaf marque and RSPCA assured.

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