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Food: Labelling

Volume 693: debated on Monday 9 July 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 4 June (WA 156-7), how the Food Standards Agency ensures that all necessary enforcement of labelling laws is carried out by food enforcement officers employed by local authorities. [HL4543]

Enforcement of labelling laws is the responsibility of local authority food enforcement officers, and must be carried out in accordance with the food enforcement code of practice.

The Food Standards Agency audits local authorities to check that enforcement of food labelling law is carried out to a satisfactory standard in accordance with this code of practice and the framework agreement.

The framework agreement on local authority enforcement provides the agency with a mechanism for influencing and overseeing local authority enforcement, and to provide powers through the Food Standards Act to take appropriate action where necessary.