All's Fair in Halifax (and Calderdale!)
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TYPHOO teabags and Nescafé coffee could be off the menu at council buildings in Calderdale.
Also joining the banned list would be battery eggs and paté de foie gras.
Councillors want to ban outside caterers from using unethical foods and stop them using brands that are not Fairtrade.
Christine Bampton-Smith (Lib Dem, Luddenden Foot) wants a formal policy to place restrictions on Calderdale Council caterers and those hiring out their premises.
She was told by environmental health services that, at the moment, their own cooks, who provide food for 46 primary schools, do not use "unethically" produced foods such as eggs from individually caged chickens.
The report by department head Peter Ramsdale also explained that fresh meat was sourced from local farmers and producers where possible.
Chicken meets standards that ensure the health of the birds, their welfare and food safety. All pigs are tether-free and not kept in stalls.
Fairtrade coffee, tea, sugar and chocolate drinks are used unless clients ask otherwise.
And the service uses reputable suppliers who have policies on regional sourcing of products, buying British, ethical trading, food miles, environmental issues, packaging and recycling.
Councillor Bampton-Smith, who raised the issue at Calderdale Council health and social care scrutiny panel, said: "I am particularly keen on the ethical and humane production of our sources of food.
"I want the panel to review the policy and make it appropriately ethical.
"We must make sure that if people hire rooms it is not on the menu."
She added that if successful, all outside caterers using council facilities would need to be informed of the ethical policy and food they were not permitted to serve beforehand.
The committee recommended to cabinet that an ethical catering policy be created. Councillors in York tried to make the city a foie gras-free zone last year.
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