§ Mr. Favell
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what initiatives he has taken in the last three months to improve the quality of beer and bakery products.
§ Mr. Maclean
I announced on 8 November(Offical Report,) column 676 my acceptance of the Food Advisory Committee's recommendation that approval for potassium bromate as a flour improver should be withdrawn. On the same day, draft regulations which would prohibit this use from 1 April 1990 were circulated for public comment. The brewing industry has also been asked as a matter of priority to carry out the studies requested by the Committee in order to confirm the absence of residues of bromate in malt and beer and I understand the results of this work will be available shortly.