Consumer Goods: Labelling

Trade and Industry written question – answered on 27th June 2007.

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Photo of Paul Flynn Paul Flynn Labour, Newport West

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what regulatory regime governs the display of ingredients on (a) alcoholic, (b) tobacco and (c) cosmetic products; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Ian McCartney Ian McCartney Minister of State (Trade & Investment), Department of Trade and Industry, Minister of State (Trade & Investment), Foreign & Commonwealth Office

The Department of Trade and industry is not responsible for regulations covering alcohol or tobacco products. These are matters for the Department of Health.

As regards cosmetic products, all such products sold in the UK must comply with The Cosmetic Products (Safety) Regulations 2004 (as amended). The regulations implement the requirements of the European Directive on cosmetic products and require that all the cosmetic products supplied to consumers must be safe under normal or reasonably foreseeable conditions of use. They must also be labelled with a list of their ingredients in descending order of weight.

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