Cocoa: EU External Trade

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 11th January 2012.

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Photo of Ivan Lewis Ivan Lewis Shadow Secretary of State for International Development

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will place in the Library a copy of her Department's response to the British Standards Institution's recent consultation on its position for the European Committee for Standardisation vote on establishing a new European traceable and sustainable cocoa standard.

Photo of James Paice James Paice The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The new European standard for sustainable and traceable cocoa is being developed by the independent industry standards body for the industry itself to comply with. DEFRA did not respond to the British Standards Institution's consultation as we believe it was for industry, producer countries and civil society to respond to.

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