HC Deb 08 November 1999 vol 337 c460W
Jackie Ballard

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what steps he is taking to improve the labelling of produce containing(a) nuts and (b) nut oils. [96531]

Ms Quin

We have been pressing the European Commission to bring forward proposals to change EC food labelling legislation to make the labelling of nuts and nut products, and other substances recognised as causing hypersensitivity, compulsory in all cases when their presence is intentional. We will continue to press for action, and hope to see positive developments on this towards the end of the year.

In the meantime, we will continue to encourage the voluntary provision of such information on food labels where this is appropriate.