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House of Lords written question – answered on 13th November 2003.

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Photo of Lord Stewartby Lord Stewartby Conservative

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether liquid milk sold by retailers as "British" has to be produced from cows in the United Kingdom; and whether labelling requirements for the origin of liquid milk are being adhered to by the retail trade.

Photo of Lord Warner Lord Warner Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Health, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health)

There is no legislation requiring the declaration of country of origin on liquid milk sold at retail. However, if such information is provided it should not be false or misleading. The Food Standards Agency's advice is that milk sold as "British" must be produced from cows in the United Kingdom. The agency is not aware of any specific problems with misleading labelling of country of origin of liquid milk by the retail trade.

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