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Volume 934: debated on Monday 27 June 1977

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what ingredients additional to malt, yeast, hops and water may be used in the production of alcoholic beverages and still be sold legally as beer in each of the EEC countries; and what proposals he has for a common EEC definition of beer.

I regret that information regarding permitted ingredients in beer in each of the EEC countries is not readily available and could not be obtained without disproportionate cost. The EEC Commission has now withdrawn an earlier proposal for the harmonisation of the legislation of member States on the composition and labelling of beer which has been under consideration in the Community for a number of years.