County Council brings home the bacon with 'Good Pig' Award
Thursday, 14 August 2014
School meals across Hampshire are not only tasty and nutritious, but they also now include even more award-winning ingredients.
Hampshire County Council Catering Services (HC3S) has received the 'Good Pig' award from Compassion in World Farming for the use of pork and pork products that meet strict animal welfare criteria. The accolade recognises HC3S's commitment to ensuring they only purchase higher-welfare pork, exclusively using pigs that are reared in better living conditions so that they have a longer and healthier lifespan.
So far in 2014, Hampshire's school meals provided by HC3S have used approximately 900,000 60g lean pork loin slices, 2,250,000 28g pork chipolata sausages and 200,000 56g pork sausages - made with 70 per cent lean meat. All sausages are free from any of the 70+ additives as recommended by the Hyperactive Children's Support Group. With effect from September 2014, they will also be produced using Freedom Foods pig meat. Freedom Foods is the RSPCA's farm animal welfare scheme.
This is not the first time that HC3S has been recognised by Compassion in World Farming. In 2011, HC3S was awarded the 'Good Chicken' award, and in 2008 the service picked up a 'Good Egg' award, for delivering local free-range eggs into Hampshire schools.
Leader of Hampshire County Council, Councillor Roy Perry, said: "This latest award is a further example of Hampshire's commitment to quality school meals. It demonstrates to parents that meals are not only about providing delicious, healthy food to children, but that we also take great care in sourcing our high quality ingredients, particularly with regard to animal welfare and sustainability."
School dinners are currently enjoyed by more than 40,000 primary school children each day in Hampshire.
The County Council has frozen the price of a hot, two-course school meal at £2 for six years in a row.