July 3, 2012, by Emma Thorne
Enjoy your meal — it’s sustainable!
Karen Knight, Commercial Business Manager in Commercial Services, outlines why the University’s commitment to bringing sustainably sourced produce to your plate is attracting recognition.
Here at The University of Nottingham we hope that our continued passion for providing high quality produce is reflected on your plate whenever you are enjoying a meal at one of our catering outlets or halls of residence across campus. In particular, our ongoing dedication to our sustainable food policy reflects our commitment to sourcing foods from a sustainable source wherever possible and the University’s success in this has been recognised with multiple awards.
Further to The University of Nottingham being classed as one of the first Fairtrade™ Universities, in 2011 we were awarded the Good Egg Award from the Compassion in World Farming organisation which recognised our commitment to only procuring eggs from cage-free hens.
We can now proudly announce that we have progressed to receive Marine Stewardship Council certification in response to us opting to only purchase fish from sustainable and traceable sources. This MSC certification, along with our other efforts to ensure that quality, fresh, healthy and eco-friendly produce is always used across the University, has led to us qualifying for the honour of the Soil Association’s Food for Life Bronze Catering Mark. This Catering Mark highlights our use of fresh seasonal ingredients sourced from local suppliers, British high welfare meat and our commitment to providing meals entirely free of undesirable additives, hydrogenated fats and GM ingredients.
The University’s Commercial Services department will continue to work towards achieving higher levels of accreditation with its sustainable food policy in conjunction with the Catering Department. Keep your eyes peeled around the university catering outlets — we will be displaying current information to keep customers up to date with our progress.
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