HC Deb 20 May 1998 vol 312 c425W
Mr. Laurence Robertson

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what jurisdiction the Food Standards Agency will have over the production of foreign food imported into the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement. [42486]

Mr. Rooker

The Food Safety Act 1990 requires that all food offered for sale in this country must comply with food safety requirements. The proposed Food Standards Agency will have no jurisdiction over the production of food in other countries. It will negotiate in the EU and other international bodies to ensure that the high regulatory standards which apply to producers in this country are fully reflected in the legal framework which governs international trade in food.