HL Deb 27 October 1987 vol 489 cc528-9WA
Viscount Melville

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether certain foods, including almost every form of tinned soup, potato crisp, orange squash and ice cream, contains substances which are dangerous for young children, and if so whether they would consider introducing regulations to provide for a warning to that effect to be given on the packaging of such foods.

Lord Hesketh

It is an offence to add any substance to food so as to render it injurious to health (the Food Act 1984). An Independent Export Committee assesses safety-in-use before additives are given approval. The possibility that such additives may be in foods which may be fed to young children even though not specifically intended for them is a factor that the committee takes into account. Thus consumers are not at risk from additives in food. Nevertheless the Food Labelling Regulations require full ingredient listing on pre-packed foods so that consumers can be aware at the time of purchase of the presence of any ingredient to which individuals may have an adverse reaction.