§ Mr. Hinchliffe
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action he is taking to reduce the incidence of food poisoning.
§ Mr. Freeman
Apart from regular liaison with the food industry and enforcement agencies, action is being taken on a number of fronts. The Department of Health and the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food have a number of studies under way on a range of subjects; the public health laboratory service, in addition to its routine monitoring of laboratory reports, also has in train a number of specific studies. The Department is working with the manufacturing and retail sectors of the food industry on the prevention and control of contamination in foods.
On a wider front, the Department is jointly responsible with the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food for the Food Act and legislation made under it. A review ol both the Act and the food hygiene regulations is under way.300W
We are considering what further action is necessary.