HC Deb 19 December 1975 vol 902 cc869-70W
Mrs. Joyce Butler

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will publish in the Official Report a list of cheeses available in the United Kingdom which contain nitrates for their preservation and a list of cheeses which are nitrate free.

Mr. Strang

Under the Preservatives in Food Regulations 1975, cheese, other than Cheddar, Cheshire, soft cheese and Granapadano or Provolone-type cheeses, may contain not more than 10 mg/kg nitrite or 100 mg/kg nitrate. The Government's expert independent advisory committees have satisfied themselves as to the safety-in-use of and need for these preservatives.