Health written question – answered on 1st February 2008.

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Photo of Siân James Siân James Labour, Swansea East

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to ensure that supermarkets provide clear labelling of confectionery products containing liqueurs.

Photo of Dawn Primarolo Dawn Primarolo Minister of State (Department of Health) (Public Health)

Food labelling rules agreed at European Union level and implemented nationally by the United Kingdom Food Labelling Regulations 1996 (as amended) already require food businesses, including supermarkets to clearly list ingredients on the labelling of pre-packed food. Therefore pre-packed confectionery products containing liqueurs would need to indicate the presence of alcohol.

Food law enforcement is the responsibility of local authority trading standards.

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