The addition to food of colouring matters including coal-tar dyes has been the subject of a recently published report by the Food Standards Committee. Consideration is now being given to representations from interested parties with a view to a decision on the Committee's recommendations.
Does that answer apply to this Question or to my next Question; and whether it does or does not, can the right hon. Gentleman give a categorical denial that the dyeing of kippers is harmful to health?
Does not the right hon. Gentleman agree that the question of the "painted ladies" is among the least of the anxieties of the herring industry, which has much more difficult problems to surmount?
asked the Minister of Food what has been the response of producers and manufacturers to his invitation to give their point of view in respect to the proposal to ban colouring substances in foods, as recommended by the preservatives sub-committee of the Food Standards Committee.
asked the Minister of Food what comments he has now received from the catering industry, from manufacturers of colouring materials used in food, or from other interested bodies, on the report of the Preservatives Sub-Committee of the Food Standards Committee concerning the preparation of an approved list of substances which may be added to food.
Having regard to the unique methods used by the Aberdeen kipperer, would it not he a good idea to send a body of experts or a delegation to Aberdeen to study the methods used there in order to have a proper appreciation of the position?