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Food Industry

Volume 180: debated on Thursday 15 November 1990

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To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will detail what measures are being taken by his Ministry actively to encourage the United Kingdom food industry to provide comprehensive nutrition information; and if he will make a statement on how the effectiveness of these measures is being monitored and evaluated.

My officials have written to interested parties enclosing a copy of the EC nutrition labelling (rules) directive adopted on 24 September, and summarising its main provisions. This supplements existing guidance to the industry and encourages manufacturers and retailers to provide comprehensive nutrition declarations in accordance with the directive. I shall consider further action in the light of surveys conducted on the extent of nutrition labelling and the level of consumer understanding.