Honesty in food labelling-chamber

Before the House rose for recess at the end of July, Bill Wiggin MP took the opportunity to lobby the new Government on universal access to safe, healthy and affordable food.

Commenting on the day’s debates, Bill said: “A key issue I raised with our new DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) Secretary of State today is the need for honesty in food labelling; something I know many North Hereford constituents care passionately about.

The problem with safe food is that we need to be able to read on the label that it is safe. 15 year old Natasha Ednan-Laperouse tragically died because she ate food that was contaminated with sesame seeds, but the label did not make that clear.

We still have a problem in this country with honesty in labelling and I hope that our new Government will do more to ensure that the label says what it is.

For example, grass-fed meat must mean 100% grass-fed, so that people with food allergies, and particularly those with a sensitivity to meat, know what they are buying.”

Watch Bill’s questions to the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs here: https://www.parliamentlive.tv/Event/Index/05844a50-a0d9-4d16-bd19-e9e3df717acb

View the transcription here:

https://hansard.parliament.uk/Commons/2019-07-25/debates/3AB4FA43-2251-4B93-BFD1-3BF44206FFBB/AccessToFood#contribution-428E5848-C106-4384-BBAD-2DECEAC39C7B