HC Deb 29 June 1999 vol 334 c87W
Helen Jackson

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions he has had within the EU on requiring the labelling of fur products to state the country, animal of origin and how the animal has been killed. [87415]

Mr. Wilson

The EU has not discussed requirements for labelling of fur products. However, consumers themselves have a role to play here by requesting information about products before buying. The Trade Descriptions Act 1968 and the Control of Misleading Advertisements Regulations prohibit false or misleading information about products. If a trader is unwilling to provide clear information, consumers can exercise their right to shop elsewhere. I have initiated consultation with ministerial colleagues on what further steps might be taken.