Use of palm oil in catering facilities and schools

Liam Fuller made this Freedom of Information request to Aberdeen City Council

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Roedd y cais yn llwyddiannus.

Dear Aberdeen City Council,

I am currently researching to what end institutions and organisations are using palm oil in their “home-run” catering and kitchen facilities.

To that end, how much of your catering requires the use of products that make use of palm oil?

Does the council try to limit this?

Is there any commitment to defining sustainably sourced palm oil within procurement of products?

Furthermore, what is the volume of palm oil used in catering provided by schools and what measures are being taken to ensure sustainable sourcing?

Yours faithfully,

Liam Fuller

Foi Enquiries, Aberdeen City Council

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Dear Mr Fuller,

 

Information enquiry reference EIR-18-0758.

 

Thank you for your recent request for information, which we received on 14
May 2018.   

 

The scheduled date for our response to your request for information is on
or before 12 June 2018.

 

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any queries in the
meantime.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

Salomeh Kheyri Rad
Information Compliance Officer

Information Compliance Team | Customer Feedback | Customer Experience

Aberdeen City Council,  Business Hub 17, 3rd Floor North, Marischal
College,

Broad Street, Aberdeen, AB10 1AB
Tel 03000 200 292

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Dear Mr Fuller,

 

Information enquiry reference EIR-18-0759.

 

Thank you for your recent request for information, which we received on 14
May 2018.   

 

The scheduled date for our response to your request for information is on
or before 12 June 2018.

 

Please disregard our earlier acknowledgement e-mail which was sent to you.

 

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any queries in the
meantime.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

Salomeh Kheyri Rad
Information Compliance Officer

Information Compliance Team | Customer Feedback | Customer Experience

Aberdeen City Council,  Business Hub 17, 3rd Floor North, Marischal
College,

Broad Street, Aberdeen, AB10 1AB
Tel 03000 200 292

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[2]www.aberdeencity.gov.uk

 

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Dear Mr Fuller,

 

Thank you for your information request of 14 May 2018.  Aberdeen City
Council (ACC) has completed the necessary search for the information
requested.

 

I am currently researching to what end institutions and organisations are
using palm oil in their “home-run” catering and kitchen facilities.

To that end, how much of your catering requires the use of products that
make use of palm oil?

The use of palm oil is minimal, it is only found in 14% of the products
which ACC purchase (94 products contain palm oil out of 664 products which
ACC currently use).

 

Does the council try to limit this?

Yes, the Food for Life accreditation that ACC currently hold is due to be
reviewed and a reduction in the use of palm oil will be required in order
to meet the new accreditation standard.

 

Is there any commitment to defining sustainably sourced palm oil within
procurement of products?

No.

 

Furthermore, what is the volume of palm oil used in catering provided by
schools and what measures are being taken to ensure sustainable sourcing?

ACC do not directly use palm oil, it is within the ingredients of certain
products which are purchased from the suppliers. In order to take steps
for sustainability in all products, Catering Service works closely with
Procurement Team and Scotland Excel.

 

We hope this helps with your request.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

Salomeh Kheyri Rad

Information Compliance Team

 

INFORMATION ABOUT THE HANDLING OF YOUR REQUEST

 

As the information which you requested is environmental information, as
defined under Regulation 2(1) of the Environmental Information (Scotland)
Regulations 2004 (the EIRs), ACC considered that it was exempt from
release through FOISA, and must therefore give you notice that we are
refusing  your request under Section 39(2) of FOISA (Freedom of
Information (Scotland) Act 2002).  However, you have a separate right to
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EIRs, under which ACC has handled your request. Please refer to the
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Information Compliance Team | Customer Feedback | Customer Experience

Aberdeen City Council,  Business Hub 17, 3rd Floor North, Marischal
College,

Broad Street, Aberdeen, AB10 1AB
Tel 03000 200 292

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[2]www.aberdeencity.gov.uk

 

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