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Functional Foods

Volume 174: debated on Tuesday 12 June 1990

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To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1) what labelling requirements apply to the sale of functional foods;(2) whether he intends to impose restrictions on the sale of functional foods.

Food legislation already addresses the safety of all foodstuffs, their labelling and description and claims that can be made about them. We have no plans at present to make any specific rules about foods which are being described as "functional" but we shall, as is normal, watch developments and will act if the consumer requirement suggests such a need.