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Cocoa: Labelling

Volume 468: debated on Monday 26 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy to regulate labelling to identify the country of origin on products containing cocoa. (165928)

Origin labelling rules are harmonised at European Union level and, while the European Commission is currently reviewing legislation in this area, neither the Commission nor the United Kingdom has plans to introduce mandatory origin labelling for products containing cocoa.

Meanwhile, there is nothing to stop manufacturers from declaring this on a voluntary basis—provided it is accurate and not misleading.