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Food Distribution

Volume 175: debated on Tuesday 26 June 1990

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To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what steps his Department is taking to encourage investment in fresh food distribution facilities; and if he will make a statement.

The Government give top priority to food safety and consumer protection as indicated by the Food Safety Bill. However, investment in particular sectors of the food industry is a matter for commercial judgment. The food industry can take advantage of DTI-funded aid schemes and other general Government measures towards this end, and may be eligible for EC-funded grant schemes designed to promote rational marketing and simple processing of primary produce.