HC Deb 26 April 1990 vol 171 cc294-5W
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 "Guidelines on Cook-chill and Cook-freeze Catering Systems". Copies of these publications are available in the Library.