§ Mr. Hinchliffe
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance is given by his Department to health authorities regarding monitoring the safety of food bought from outside premises for consumption within hospitals by patients.
§ Mr. Freeman
Health authorities are responsible for monitoring the safety of foods purchased for consumption by patients. The Department has issued guidelines contained in the publications "Hygiene, Clean Food" and 295W "Guidelines on Cook-chill and Cook-freeze Catering Systems". Copies of these publications are available in the Library.