Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee

Session 2003-04
17 March 2004 Food information: new inquiry announced

17 March 2004 Food information: new inquiry announced

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee has decided to set up a sub-committee to undertake an inquiry into issues related to food information.

The terms of reference of the inquiry are:

"The Committee will inquire into the ways in which messages about food are communicated to consumers by food producers and retailers, and by Government and others. It will consider how customers can be better informed about:

  • the nutritional content of foods

  • the safety of foods

  • the means of production of foods (for example, whether organic or not, battery or free-range), and

  • ethical considerations (such as whether good labour practices were used).

The Committee will look at the role of labelling, programmes of education, and other means of communication. It will particularly look at matters of food information in the context of trade negotiations in the WTO."

The Committee invites all interested parties to submit written evidence which addresses these terms of reference. The deadline for the submission of evidence is Monday 19 April 2004.

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Evidence should be submitted in Word or WordPerfect formats, and should be sent by e-mail to [email protected] The body of the e-mail must include a contact name, telephone number and postal address. The e-mail should also make clear who the submission is from.

Submissions should be as brief as possible, and certainly no more than 3,000 words. Paragraphs should be numbered for ease of reference, and the document should include a brief executive summary. Those submitting evidence are reminded that evidence should be original work, not previously published or circulated elsewhere. Once submitted no public use should be made of it, but those wishing to publish their evidence before it is published by the Committee are invited to contact the Clerk of the Committee to obtain permission to do so.