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Food: Labelling

Volume 706: debated on Wednesday 14 January 2009

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To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the labelling of bacon cured in the United Kingdom from imported pork as British constitutes an offence of misleading the consumer as to origin. [HL470]

The country of origin of a food product is deemed under World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules to be the place of last substantial change. Therefore, bacon cured in Britain with imported pork can legally be labelled as British. Nevertheless, the Food Standards Agency considers that, in some cases, such labelling may not be helpful for consumers. It, therefore, produced voluntary guidance in 2002, recently revised, to help industry comply with the law and adopt best practice. This recommends, for example, that bacon produced in Britain with imported pork should say so on the labelling.