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Food Labelling

Volume 457: debated on Thursday 8 March 2007

11. To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues responsible for food labelling on the amount of imported food that is labelled, produced in the UK; and if he will make a statement. (125917)

12. To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues responsible for food labelling on the amount of imported food that is labelled, produced in the UK; and if he will make a statement. (125918)

There is already legislation that requires origin labelling for a number of specific foodstuffs. In general labelling rules require that origin information must not mislead the consumer; however the Trades Description Act allows any product that has undergone substantial changes to be described as UK- produced.