Food: Labelling

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 10th April 2019.

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Photo of Julian Knight Julian Knight Conservative, Solihull

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has to introduce stronger food labelling laws.

Photo of David Rutley David Rutley Assistant Whip (HM Treasury), Government Whip

The UK has world-leading standards of food information backed by a rigorous legislative framework. Following EU withdrawal, we have committed to reviewing food labelling laws to ensure that consumers’ confidence in the food they buy continues to grow.

We are currently conducting a review of allergen labelling, which is looking at ways to improve the provision of allergen information for prepacked for direct sale food products. We recently ran a UK wide consultation jointly with the Food Standards Agency in England, Northern Ireland and Wales, and Food Standards Scotland. We are now in the process of analysing the responses we received in order to determine how allergen labelling can be improved for food products which are prepacked for direct sale so that consumers have complete trust in those foods.

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