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China: Milk

Volume 501: debated on Wednesday 2 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Chinese authorities on tainted milk in that country. (303571)

Although my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary has not had any discussions with the Chinese authorities on tainted milk, my noble Friend the Minister of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Lord Davies of Abersoch, and UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) officials have raised with them the claims by UK companies for compensation against Chinese suppliers of products containing tainted milk.

Separately, the Department for International Development have recently signed a UK-China Food Safety Action Plan and are working with the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture and relevant partners on improving agricultural collaboration.