In January 2011, the coalition Government set out an agreement which
included a commitment by the Government to “ensure food procured by
government departments, and eventually the whole public sector, meets
British standards of production wherever this can be achieved without
increasing overall cost”.
Government Buying Standards are mandatory for central Government and
its executive agencies. This is supported in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) Business Plan to
drive sustainable food procurement by the Government and the public