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SBD Global/September 7, 2012/Olympics

Aramark Denies Accusations Of Wasting Food During London Games

Employees working for food service provider Aramark said that they were being "ordered to throw away food meant for Olympic and Paralympic teams immediately after it was cooked," according to Bradley & Buksh of the BBC. Six "whistleblowers" working for Aramark at the Royal Holloway claimed that they were being told to throw away "large amounts of food up to five times a day." The Games' environmental watchdog has called on LOCOG to investigate. The allegations refer to the Royal Holloway venue, which serves rowing teams at Eton Dorney. Aramark, which provides food for many U.K. institutions including schools, prisons and the BBC, said it denies any suggestion it "improperly disposed of food." An Aramark spokesperson said, "We have strong practices in place to ensure the integrity of the food procurement, food production and waste management processes." LOCOG Head of Catering, Cleaning and Waste Services Jan Mattews said, "We are actually feeding over seven tonnes of kimchi for example, we're doing over 760 tonnes of beef." Matthews: "So when you get to those volumes I can understand that people would think that number of kilos is a lot when you go shopping at Sainsbury's and you buy half a kilo of beef. But when you're talking about tonnage, which we're talking about over this period, comparatively that's not a lot" (BBC, 9/6).
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