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Food: Labelling

Volume 715: debated on Wednesday 16 December 2009

Questions

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what part Ministers are playing in the proposed European Union food labelling regulation under negotiation in Brussels; and when they will make public details of it. [HL671]

Negotiations on the proposed regulation are being taken forward by the United Kingdom's Food Standards Agency (FSA)—a non-ministerial government department. Ministers in Her Majesty’s Government have been involved through a ministerial committee in developing the negotiating lines for the FSA and Ministers collectively agreed these negotiating lines. Health Ministers have received a regular update from the FSA on the progress of the negotiations. Details on progress in the negotiations are also notified publicly by way of letters to interested parties. These are available on the FSA website at: www.food.gov.uk/foodlabelling/ull/labellingproposals/.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect the food manufacturing and retailing sectors to agree on a single system of food labelling. [HL781]

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) recently conducted a public consultation on front of pack nutrition labelling for pre-packed foods sold through retail outlets, and is currently considering the responses in detail. The matter will be considered by the FSA Board in March 2010, who will then make recommendations to Ministers.