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Pigmeat: Labelling

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 28 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to change the labelling scheme for pork products. (251022)

[holding answer 27 January 2009]: The Government have no plans to change the labelling scheme for pork products.

However, the framework EC legislation governing general food labelling is currently being revised in Brussels. This includes a consideration of the tightening of criteria around voluntary country of origin declarations, including on pork products. The Government support this move and are actively involved in these negotiations.

In the meantime and in order to help industry comply with the rules and avoid misleading consumers, the Food Standards Agency has had in place since 2002 best practice guidance, which advises for example, that bacon products from imported pork should be clearly labelled as such. Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Ministers are also holding a series of meetings with industry to promote uptake of the guidance.