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Nutritional Food Labelling

Volume 77: debated on Thursday 18 April 1985

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13.

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what steps he is taking to assist the public to understand nutritional food labelling.

Draft guidelines on nutrition labelling have been circulated widely for public comment by 1 June. The result of a consumer survey of understanding of nutrition labelling of food should also be available to me by that date. I shall consider what may be necessary to assist the public in the light of this information.

32.

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when he expects consultations to be completed on the Government's proposals to implement recommendations of the Committee on the Medical Aspects of Nutritional and Food report.

We have asked for comments from interested parties on the proposals announced by my right hon. Friend on 12 March to be received by 1 June. In the meantime officials will be holding further discussions with representatives of those sectors where particular problems have been identified. We shall prepare proposals for regulations in the light of all the comments made and circulate them later this year for the statutory consultation.