Written answers

Wednesday, 2 April 2008

Department of Health and Children

Food Labelling

9:00 pm

Photo of Rory O'HanlonRory O'Hanlon (Cavan-Monaghan, Fianna Fail)
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Question 211: To ask the Minister for Health and Children when it is intended to bring in legislation for the labelling of food; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [11610/08]

Photo of Pat GallagherPat Gallagher (Minister of State, Department of Health and Children; Donegal South West, Fianna Fail)
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Legislation on the labelling, presentation and advertising of foodstuffs is contained in the European Communities (Labelling, Presentation and Advertising of Foodstuffs) Regulations 2002 to 2007. These regulations apply to the labelling of pre-packaged foodstuffs for sale to the ultimate consumer or for supply to mass caterers.

The principle underlying food labelling is that the purchaser must not be misled. This legislation has helped to ensure that the consumer is provided with the information required to make healthy consumption choices.

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