§ Mr. Matthew Taylor
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food why the use of E127 on glacé cherries is permitted; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Maclean
The food colour erythrosine BS (E.127) is currently approved for use in both the United Kingdom and the European Community in a number of foodstuffs. The recent review of colouring matter in foodstuffs conducted by the Food Advisory Committee recommended in the light of fresh scientific evidence that the use of E.127 should be restricted to cocktail and glacé to a maximum level of 200 mg/kg. I have accepted that recommendation and will be taking steps to implement it in United Kingdom regulations in conjunction with European Community requirements as soon as possible.