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Health Concerns Raised Over Frozen Meals For Hospital Patients

The private catering provider responsible for supplying a fifth of all hot meals served to hospital patients in England, Scotland and Wales has branded health concerns over frozen meals a ‘myth’.

Paul Freeston, Chief Executive of Apetito, was responding to fresh calls from campaigners to cut frozen food in hospitals following a listeria outbreak last April which affected eight NHS hospitals and resulted in the deaths of six patients. In this instance, the outbreak was traced back to pre-packed sandwiches and salads linked to the Good Food Chain, leading many to question whether the NHS relies too heavily on mass-produced meals.

Speaking to the Telegraph, Mr Freeston refuted those claims, stating:

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