§ Mr. Wigley
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether he has received any representations seeking the amendment of section 13 of the Food Act 1984 to cover animals and poultry sold live to intending consumers for immediate slaughter on the vendor's premises; whether he is satisfied with the working of the Food Act 1984 in this context; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mrs. Fenner
The Government proposed in their consultation document on the review of food legislation that section 13 of the Food Act 1984, the Food and Drugs (Scotland) Act 1956 and the Food and Drugs (Northern Ireland) Act 1958 should be amended to specify that references to "food" in these sections should be construed as including animals (including poultry) sold live to intending consumers for immediate slaughter on the480W vendor's premises. I have received a number of representations on this and other proposals and these are being considered before a final decision is taken.