HC Deb 23 March 1999 vol 328 c212W
Mr. Gray

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will make a statement about powers to ban importation of foods whose production standards are illegal in this country. [74696]

Mr. Rooker

All imported foods are subject to general and specific regulations covering food safety and quality. Responsibility for enforcing these regulations lies with port health and local authorities. Ministers have special powers if, under exceptional circumstances, it is necessary to enforce these regulations.

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