HC Deb 21 March 1989 vol 149 c570W
50. Mr. Bright

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the Government's response to recent public concern on food and health.

Mr. Kenneth Clarke

The Government have introduced a range of measures designed to reduce the risk of food contamination and, with industry, is continuing to consider what further action is necessary.

Both primary and secondary legislation have been under review. I recently announced my intention to consult shortly on changes in the food hygiene regulations, and the Government are presently considering the results of consultation on a wide-ranging review of the Food Act.

We have recently announced the establishment of a committee on food safety, under the chairmanship of Sir Mark Richmond, to advise Ministers on matters relating to the microbiological safety of food.

We have also taken steps, where appropriate, to reassure the public.

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