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Food: Pork and Bacon

Volume 707: debated on Tuesday 3 February 2009

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To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Darzi of Denham on 19 January (WA 149–50), whether they will give statutory force to the Food Standards Agency voluntary guidance that bacon produced from imported pork should not be described as British. [HL1042]

European Commission labelling rules are under revision and one of the proposals addresses tightening criteria around voluntary country of origin labelling on meat and meat products, a principle supported by the Government.

In the mean time, there are no plans to give statutory force to the Food Standards Agency voluntary guidance but Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Ministers are currently holding a series of meetings with industry to promote uptake of the guidance.