§ Mr. Letwin
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what steps he is taking to improve the clarity and accuracy of country-of-origin labelling of food products in supermarkets. 
§ Ms Quin
[holding answer 30 November 1999]: We are consulting all interested parties on guidance aimed at ensuring that country of origin markings on food labels do not mislead consumers about the true origin of the ingredients that have been used. We also intend to promote changes to European and international rules and advice to ensure that consumers are given accurate information about the true origin of the foods they are buying.