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Product Labelling (European Community Directive)

Volume 974: debated on Sunday 11 November 1979

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what will be the benefits of switching from sell-by date marking to eat-by date marking; what is the anticipated cost of reducing shelf-life; and if he intends to implement the EEC direction on product labelling.

The Council of Ministers agreed the directive on the labelling of foodstuffs in December 1978 and my right hon. Friend will shortly be issuing proposals to implement it for comment by those affected. I would not expect shelf-life to be reduced.