§ Miss Lestor
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will bring forward proposals to require manufacturers of baby food to declare the meat content of the products, just as manufacturers of ordinary meat products do.
§ Mr. Maclean
The European Commission has issued a draft directive that lays down compositional and labelling requirements for cereal-based and other processed foods for infants and young children. The proposals contain minimum content levels for meat and certain other characterising ingredients. Negotiations in Brussels are scheduled to commence early in June. The Commission also intends to introduce proposals on quantitative ingredients declaration of foodstuffs shortly.