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Cooking Fumes (Cancer)

Volume 264: debated on Tuesday 24 October 1995

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what research is being undertaken by the Health and Safety Executive into the possible occupational cancer risk for cooks from carcinogenic chemicals in cooking fumes. [37992]

I have been asked to reply.The Health and Safety Executive is undertaking a review of the published literature on a number of potential health problems which might affect those occupationally engaged in food handling and preparation. The incidence of cancer is one area under scrutiny. Once that review is completed, the HSE will consider whether there is cause for particular concern and, if so, whether further research could contribute to the control of risks to those working in this area.