§ Dr. David Clark
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1) whether his Food Standards Committee is investigating the content and labelling of minced meat; and if he will make a statement;
(2) what powers he has to control the content and labelling of minced meat; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Ryder
The food standards committee (the predecessor of the Food Advisory Committee) recommended the introduction of statutory controls on the574W composition and labelling of minced meat. Last year my colleagues decided not to introduce specific controls on the ground that there were already adequate controls afforded by the Food Act 1984 and the Food Labelling Regulations 1984.