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Food Additives

Volume 114: debated on Monday 6 April 1987

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1) if he has any plans to introduce legislation to require caterers to declare the presence of non-dairy whitener as a milk substitute;(2) whether he will seek to amend the law so that beverages containing tea powder and non-dairy whitener will cease to be able to be sold as tea; and what representations he has received regarding the sale of such a beverage as British Rail tea.

The labelling of food is already covered by the provisions of the Food Labelling Regulations 1984; regulations 28 and 29 relate to food sold at catering establishments. Section 6 of the Food Act 1984 makes a false or misleading description of food an offence. Enforcement is a matter for local authorities. I have had no representations about the beverages sold by British Rail.