Cocoa: EU External Trade
Environment Food and Rural Affairs
Ivan Lewis (Bury South, Labour)
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.
James Paice (Minister of State (Agriculture and Food), Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; South East Cambridgeshire, Conservative)
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.