Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 6th November 2001.

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Photo of Bill Wiggin Bill Wiggin Conservative, Leominster

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what checks will be made on grain imports to prevent terrorists from polluting them with disease-bearing spores.

Photo of Hazel Blears Hazel Blears Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health)

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There are extensive controls on imports of food including grain at ports of entry. In addition, the Food Standards Agency plays a full part in Government emergency planning to protect the food chain, including against terrorism.

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