Estates and Facilities Directorate receives formal recognition in an awards scheme that celebrates high-quality and sustainable catering for a second year
9 January 2015
Queen Mary University of London’s (QMUL) Estates and Facilities Directorate has earned the Bronze Food for Life Catering Mark for the second year in a row in recognition of its commitment to serving healthy and ethical meals to students, staff and visitors in The Curve and The Hive.
The Curve's catering service provides close to 120,000 meals to customers throughout the year and The Hive provides 126,000 to guests staying with QMUL during the summer vacation.
Independent, verified certification
Run by the Soil Association, the Food for Life Catering Mark is a UK-wide certification scheme, which provides an independent guarantee that food being served is fresh, free from controversial additives and better for animal welfare.
The bronze, silver and gold tiers encourage caterers to use more local, free range, fair trade and organic ingredients to produce healthier menus. The award also entitles both outlets to display the mark as a means of reassuring customers of the commitment.
The Bronze Standard ensures:
- No undesirable food additives or hydrogenated fats
- 75% of dishes are freshly prepared
- Meat is from farms which satisfy UK welfare standards
- Eggs are from cage-free hens
- Menus are seasonal
- Training is provided for catering staff
- No GM ingredients are used
- Free drinking water is prominently available
- No fish is served from the (MCS) ‘fish to avoid’ list
- Information is on display about food provenance
- Suppliers meet appropriate food safety standards
Achieving the Catering Mark solidifies QMUL’s commitment to making long-term tangible improvements to the environmental, social and economic sustainability of the organisation. Commenting on the achievement, the Hospitality Production Catering Manager Anthony Micallef stated:
“We in the QMUL Catering team are very proud of our achievement in retaining the Soil Association bronze award. The team have worked very hard in hitting all targets and take their responsibility to all Green matters very seriously with a full understanding in how this benefits all concerned. It is our aim to hit silver as we were in touching distance of hitting the mark this time but hope to achieve this before the end of this year.”