§ Mr. McGuire
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he is aware that manufacturers of meat or pork products are not required by law to state the minimum net weight of the main product on the can, which results in unacceptable variations in the net weights of these products as between one manufacturer and another; and if he will take steps to remedy this situation.
§ Mr. Ridley
The Weights and Measures Act, 1963, requires manufacturers of canned meat or pork products to show the minimum net weight of the contents on the container. Compositional standards of canned meat and the labelling of foodstuffs are the responsibility of my right hon. Friends, the Minister of Agri-22W culture, Fisheries and Food and the Secretary of State for Social Services.