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Food: Labelling

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 22 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will require the Food Standards Agency to press for more robust food labelling standards; and what work is being undertaken on standardisation of labelling across the EU. (127579)

Food labelling legislation is already largely harmonised within the European Union. The European Commission is currently conducting a review of this legislation, and the Food Standards Agency (FSA) is representing the United Kingdom in preparatory experts’ group meetings in Brussels. UK policy lines are being developed by the FSA through consultation with stakeholders and other Government Departments. The Commission does not expect to submit a draft proposal, to Council and the European Parliament, before the end of 2007.