HC Deb 19 November 1987 vol 122 c663W
68. Mr. Norman Hogg

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will take steps to ensure that there are teams of skilled public scientists who can investigate competently and independently the quality of food.

Mr. Donald Thompson

Food is already sampled regularly by local authorities which are responsible for the enforcement of food legislation, and the samples are analysed by the public analysts appointed by them. Moreover, the Government have a continuing programme of food surveillance which is designed to ensure that the food intake of the population is both safe and nutritious. This programme is operated by Government scientists under the steering group on food surveillance.

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