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British Military Personnel (Food Security)

Volume 404: debated on Tuesday 15 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether food supplied to British military personnel is tested for (a) anthrax, (b) ricin, (c) staphylococcus enterotoxin B, (d) e.coli 0157 and (e) other biological agents. [109291]

All food supplied to British Military personnel is procured from reputable sources and is subject to extensive and stringent quality controls. Furthermore, it meets or exceeds all EU quality standards.An assessment has been made of the risk to the security of our food supply chain and we are satisfied that sufficient safeguards exist relative to the risk.