Dr. David Clarke
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1) if he will list the research projects he is funding to investigate the potential hazards of dioxins in food; and if he will make a statement;
(2) whether he is investigating the presence of and potential hazard of dioxins in food arising through contact with packaging from bleached paper products; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Ryder
[holding answer 14 February 1989]: I am currently funding three research projects on dioxins in food:
- (i) an investigation into the possible occurrence of dioxins in food arising from the use of paper-based packaging materials;
- (ii) a survey of dioxin levels in retail fatty foods;
- (iii) a pilot study on dioxin levels in encompassing the major food groups in the United Kingdom diet.