§ Mr. Hickmet
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether he is yet in a position to make an announcement about proposals for legislation on the labelling of foods with their fat content.
§ Mrs. Fenner
Draft proposals for legislation on the labelling of foods with their total and saturated fat contents are today being circulated for comment to organisations representative of interests which will be substantially affected by them, as required under the Food Act 1984. The proposals represent an important stage in the fulfilment of the Government's intention to implement the recommendations made in the COMA report on diet and cardiovascular disease. Comprehensive labelling of food with its fat content will enable consumers to bring their consumption of fat into line with the best medical advice available whilst still choosing a balanced and attractive diet.
Revised proposals for voluntary full nutritional labelling of food are being circulated for comment at the same time.
I have arranged for copies of both documents to be placed in the Library of the House.