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Irradiated Food

Volume 172: debated on Thursday 17 May 1990

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52.

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what arrangements are being made to ensure customers have a choice in relation to the purchase of irradiated food; and if he will make a statement.

I have already stated several times that we intend that consumers will be given clear information indicating whether foodstuffs have been irradiated. The EC food labelling directive has been amended to provide for the appropriate labelling of prepacked foodstuffs. I propose to introduce requirements extending the provisions to non-prepacked foodstuffs and food sold through catering outlets. I shall be consulting interested parties on my proposals in due course.