21 September 2000
FSA considers tighter labelling

By FWi staff

FOOD labelling comes under scrutiny when the Food Standards Agency (FSA) discusses the issue on Thursday (21 Sep).

An action plan was drawn up after the Ministry of Agriculture launched its food labelling initiative last year, reports the BBC Radio 4 Farming Today programme.

Proposals include having more details about ingredients, how food is produced on farm, and tightening up the use of phrases such as farm fresh.

One suggestions is that labelling should include the use of pesticides after harvest, such as for keeping grain fresh, and wax coating on fruit and vegetables.

If the FSA adopts the proposals many will still require EU legislation, and could take up to five years to be brought into law.

Other recommendations that industry and consumers work together could be set up much quicker.