Food safety scares and issues involving the delivery of meals in both hospitals and schools have catapulted foodservice into the public eye.
Increased scrutiny by media, consumers and the government of the role of foodservice in the provision of the nation’s diet has evoked a significant response by the industry to assure the content and safety of its products meet the highest possible standards.
While our obligation as food businesses is to assure both the integrity and content of our products, today our wider ethical responsibility is to consider those products in the wider context of the safety and health of the consumer. We must collectively push for greater transparency across our supply chains and work together to ensure that foodservice players who have failed to embrace this responsibility are unable to hide behind the chefs, caterers and dinner ladies.
Post Sudan 1, it is in our backyards that the battle lines to win back the hearts and minds of consumers are being drawn.
And while foodservice must work more closely with suppliers and rigorously test all aspects of supply chains, suppliers must equally be prepared to face unprecedented degrees of scrutiny and be held to account for their products.
Because if we are to truly lead by example in the supply of responsible food, our commitments to support the caterer and ultimately benefit the consumer must both be absolute.