The BBC is reporting that a BBC investigation has found that school children are eating chicken produced 6,000 miles away in Thailand.
Scottish government ministers have repeatedly called for supermarkets and shops to buy local. But the BBC found Scottish councils are spending millions importing food which could be sourced in Scotland – Glasgow alone spends £1.3m a year on imports.
Procurement body Scotland Excel said it had in the past been “difficult to meet poultry demand” from within Scotland.
The BBC sent Freedom of Information requests to all 32 Scottish local authorities. It got responses from 28. Orkney, Shetland, Stirling and Glasgow did not produce figures breaking down which products they bought.
North Lanarkshire spent one of the highest amounts on foreign products which could be sourced locally – buying more than £200,000 of chicken from Thailand. Aberdeenshire spent about £100,000.
Councils such as Dumfries and Galloway and East Ayrshire did not buy any chicken products from Thailand.
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