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Children's Food

Volume 116: debated on Thursday 14 May 1987

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what definition of young children he now uses when considering requirements relating to foods sold as being suitable for young children.

[pursuant to his reply, 8 May 1987, c. 566]: The Food Labelling Regulations 1984 include special provisions for foods indicating that they are either suitable or specially prepared for babies or young children. The proposals that I have recently circulated to amend the Colouring in Food Regulations 1973 would prohibit the use of colours, with three exceptions, in food specially prepared for babies or young children. In neither case is any definition of young children included; an indication of the intended consumers is sufficient to attract these specific provisions.