HC Deb 19 January 1971 vol 809 c703
11. Mrs. Joyce Butler

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will take steps to appoint a Food Education Council to advise consumers on nutrition.

Mr. Anthony Stodart

No, Sir. A number of organisations are performing this function.

Mrs. Butler

Since a number of eminent nutritionists are very concerned about the lack of nutritive value in many modern foods, and since the Minister has responsibility for ensuring that the food we eat is nutritious, what more does he intend to do to advise consumers in general, and special groups like the elderly and those catering for children, who may be specially at risk?

Mr. Stodart

My Department does a great deal of advising on nutrition. It watches things like food standards, food additives and so on. There are numerous bodies ranging from the British Nutrition Foundation and the British Dietetic Association, and separate organisations for practically every individual food, from fish right through to mushrooms. I do not think that any extra advisory body is called for.

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