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Food And Drink Products

Volume 164: debated on Monday 8 January 1990

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To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will introduce an environmental labelling scheme to cover food and drink products.

No. "Environmental" claims are permitted under current food labelling legislation so long as the claim is true and not misleading to consumers. I am aware of requests for more detailed information on food, particularly on what might broadly be termed "green" issues. I have therefore asked the food advisory committee to carry out a comprehensive review of current labelling legislation and practices and to report back with any recommendations that it thinks appropriate.