Military Catering: ORPs, Halal & Kosher Meals

Ministry of Defence (MOD) personnel in the United Kingdom (UK) and permanent bases overseas are primarily catered for through a number of facilities management contracts. British Armed Forces personnel serving on operations, exercises and Her Majesty’s ships and submarines are catered for under the Deployable Food Programme introduced on 01 October 2017.

All food procured for MOD personnel must comply with Defence food quality standards (JSP 456 – Defence Catering Manual, Volumes 1-4). These standards comply with all UK and EU production standards, farm assurance or equivalent (including the Animal Welfare Act 2006 which covers Halal slaughter).

MOD policy is in line with current UK legislation and Government guidelines and, while there is no requirement for a menu to state that a dish may or may not contain Halal or Kosher meat, service and entitled civilian personnel with special dietary requirements are fully informed as to which dishes are suitable for them to eat.

Operational Ration Packs (ORP) are produced in several variants:

  • General purpose;
  • Vegetarian;
  • Sikh/Hindu;
  • Halal; and
  • Kosher.

This ranges allows the MOD to cater for a broad range of dietary requirements in an operational theatre or during training exercises.

Halal ORP was introduced in 1991 during the first Gulf War, whilst the Kosher ORP was introduced in 1998 until 2003 and then reinstated in 2012.

Reference

FOI 2018/01259 dated 22 February 2018.

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