Palm Oil

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered at on 9 September 2019.

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Photo of Alex Sobel Alex Sobel Labour/Co-operative, Leeds North West

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to (a) ensure that corporations adhere to regulations on the declaration on packaging of the use of palm oil in their products and (b) enforce other regulations on the use by those organisations of that oil in their products.

Photo of Zac Goldsmith Zac Goldsmith Parliamentary Under-Secretary (jointly with the Department for International Development)

The EU Regulation (1169/2011) on the Provision of Food Information to Consumers requires that where vegetable oils or fats are listed in the ingredients of food, the vegetable origin of the oil must be given (Annex VII, Part A.8.).

Food Business Operators are responsible for ensuring that the correct information is provided on labels and that consumers are not misled.

Along with all food information regulations, these requirements are enforced by Trading Standards Officers.

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