Jun 22 2012 by Kaiya Marjoribanks, Stirling Observer Friday
STIRLING Council has won a bronze Food For Life catering mark from the Soil Association for serving fresh and healthy meals in its primary schools.
The award guarantees that all 2000 meals served every weekday are freshly prepared using seasonal ingredients, better for animal welfare and free from controversial additives, trans fats and GM ingredients.
The council’s service manager Margaret Gilmour said: “We have worked hard to achieve this and it’s great that our efforts are being recognised in this way.
“Healthy, fresh school meals are important to us at Stirling Council. We will work on achieving the silver catering mark next so we will be looking for more local suppliers to help us with this.”
Stirling Council is the third local authority in Scotland to achieve the Food For Life catering mark, which recognises a caterer’s commitment to serving healthy, sustainable and ethical food.
Laura Stewart, director of Soil Association Scotland, said: “More and more, people want to know where their food comes from and how it was produced. The catering mark offers a guarantee that fresh food you can trust is always on the menu.”
The catering mark is open to all food providers. The bronze, silver and gold tiers offer a step-by-step route to serving more locally produced, seasonal, healthy and organic food.