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Animal Feed (Colouring Matter)

Volume 165: debated on Friday 19 January 1990

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To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will make it his policy for colouring used solely in animal feed to become subject to the Colouring Matter in Food Regulations 1973.

The use of colourings in animal feed is controlled by directive 70/524/EEC as amended. The directive sets out the permitted list of colourants, prescribed maximum levels in feedingstuffs and labelling requirements for feedingstuffs containing them. In the UK all these provisions are implemented in the Feeding Stuffs Regulations 1988 as amended. The Colouring Matter in Food Regulations 1973 as amended deal with colours in human food and I have already announced that I will be circulating proposals to revise the regulations for public comment shortly.