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Volume 407: debated on Wednesday 18 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to ensure food products contain (a) the name and (b) the number of additives in the list of ingredients. [116888]

European rules implemented here by the Food Labelling Regulations 1996 already require additives to be identified in the list of ingredients by their function, for example, "preservative', 'colour' and either their specific name or serial number except where specific exemptions apply. There are no plans to require the name and the serial number to be given, although there is nothing to prevent this from being done voluntarily.