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MPs Scramble to Sign Giant Egg

Local MP, Angela Smith was one of the many MPs who recently backed a new push to ‘Simply Ask’ about farm animal welfare. She signed a giant seven-foot egg at Westminster in support of a new campaign called ‘Simply Ask,’ launched by RSPCA Freedom Food during Farm Animal Week.

Restaurants that cannot answer questions about the origin of their food leave a bad taste in customers’ mouths, according to Freedom Food.

New research has revealed that a third of the population would boycott a restaurant that could not answer a question about where they source their products. Nearly 60 per cent of us also think we have a right to know the origins of our food when eating out, and some of Britain’s top chefs agree.

Raymond Blanc, Peter Gordon, Martin Lam, Paul Merrett and Antony Worrall- Thompson issued a joint statement today saying:

“The British public need to stop being so reticent in restaurants and start asking where their food comes from. It’s your right to know the origin of the food you are served and what types of farms are being used - and the mark of a good restaurant is one that is proud to tell you.”

In response to this news Freedom Food has launched ‘Simply Ask’ - a long-term campaign which aims to get people asking about food provenance when eating out. Beginning with eggs this year, ‘Simply Ask’ will urge people to start holding restaurants to account by demanding to know if they use eggs from hens that have not been kept in cages.

Freedom Food is also asking restaurants, pubs and cafes already using cage-free eggs to support ‘Simply Ask.’ More than 500 have already signed up including all National Trust restaurants and tea-rooms, Sainsbury’s in-store restaurants, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage canteens and restaurant chains Giraffe and Leon.

Commenting on the campaign Angela, said

I am pleased to be able to lend my support to this campaign. While we can all control what we buy ourselves when eating out we have to rely on others. This campaign highlights the need for all of us to be more forceful with restaurants to make sure they also make sure animals welfare is considered when they source their food.”

Angela signs up to Simply Ask

Angela signs up to Simply Ask

Issued : 29 October 2009

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