Food: Labelling

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 11:14 am on 11 October 2007.

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Photo of Baroness Royall of Blaisdon Baroness Royall of Blaisdon Government Whip 11:14, 11 October 2007

My Lords, to ensure a high level of consumer protection, all food additives are tested and evaluated prior to being permitted on the market. While I understand the noble Baroness's desire for the most accessible information to be made available, it is not clear that all consumers would prefer additive names to appear on labels, some of which are long chemical names. E numbers might, therefore, be easier to identify. Moreover, the linkage between the two is easily accessible, for example, on the Food Standards Agency website.