Tinned Foods (Date Stamping)

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 5th May 1966.

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Photo of Mr Ken Lomas Mr Ken Lomas , Huddersfield West 12:00 am, 5th May 1966

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will introduce legislation compelling manufacturers to show on tinned foods a date of expiry after which the contents should no longer be used.

Photo of Mr Thomas Peart Mr Thomas Peart , Workington

In its comprehensive Report on Food Labelling, the Food Standards Committee took the view that a requirement for date stamping was not practical because so much depended on the initial quality of the product and on subsequent conditions of transport and storage. After studying the Report and the many comments made about it I did not include such a requirement in my proposals for new labelling regulations issued on 27th September last. Representations on these proposals, including some about date sping, are now being considered and I cannot yet say what the final decision will be.

Photo of Mr Ken Lomas Mr Ken Lomas , Huddersfield West

Is my right hon. Friend aware that I am most grateful for that long and detailed reply, but that I still think that it is disappointing? I should be grateful if he would take note of the fact that housewives and consumers in general are entitled to this protection. Would he not look at the matter again and see what can be done?

Photo of Mr Thomas Peart Mr Thomas Peart , Workington

As I said, I considered that the proposal was not practical. However, representations have been made to me and I am now considering them.