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Food Advisory Committee

Volume 175: debated on Thursday 28 June 1990

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To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when he last met the chairman of the Food Advisory Committee; and what was discussed.

I last met the committee's chairman on 7 December 1989 when matters of general interest were discussed.The committee meets regularly every six weeks and is currently undertaking a major review of food labelling. As a result of recent committee advice I have introduced new regulations prohibiting the use of potassium bromate as a flour improver from 1 April this year; published and sought comments on the committee's report on old compositional orders and will consider the responses before reaching decisions; and I am currently preparing proposals for legislation on colours following my acceptance of the committee's recommendations for stricter controls.The committee's agendas are published in advance of each meeting.