Food: Safety

Health written question – answered on 15th May 2008.

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Photo of Eric Pickles Eric Pickles Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

To ask the Secretary of State for Health which local authorities were participating in the Food Standard Agency's Scores on Doors scheme at the latest date for which information is available.

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

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has sponsored pilot schemes of a variety of designs and involving a total of 47 local authorities(1). A number of other local authorities have implemented schemes independently of the FSA in response to local needs.

There has been widespread support for a nationwide scheme to ensure clarity for consumers and consistency for businesses. In view of this, the FSA will shortly be launching a public consultation on proposals for introducing a United Kingdom-wide scheme.

(1) Aberdeen, Ashford, Banbridge, Barking and Dagenham, Barnet, Belfast, Brent, Brighton and Hove, Bromley, Camden, Canterbury, Coventry, Croydon, Derby, Ealing, Edinburgh, Enfield, Fife, Hackney, Hammersmith and Fulham, Haringey, Harrow, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Hull, Islington, Kensington and Chelsea, Kingston, Lambeth, Leicester, Lewisham, Maidstone, Merton, Newham, North Devon, Nottingham, Perth and Kinross, Redbridge, Renfrewshire, Richmond, Sevenoaks, Stoke on Trent, Swansea, Tonbridge and Malling, Waltham Forest, Wandsworth, Westminster.

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