HC Deb 23 February 1866 vol 181 cc960-1

asked the President of the Board of Trade, Whether the attention of Her Majesty's Government has been drawn to the appearance of a new disease affecting swine in parts of the Con- tinent of Europe, and not only destroying the animal, but rendering the flesh poisonous and dangerous to human life; and whether they have instituted any inquiries by competent medical and scientific authorities, with a view to ascertain the nature, extent, and progress of the disease? He wished to explain, in putting the Question, that the disease had appeared in France and Germany, and that eggs were deposited by insects in the hide of the animal, which died soon afterwards, or, if slaughtered, could not be eaten with safety.


said, in reply, that in 1862 Professor Gamgee was directed to re-port upon the subject of diseases in meat, and among the diseases embraced in the inquiry was the one referred to. A German physician of eminence, who had paid special attention to the subject, was directed to make a Report, and it was published in the last volume of the Reports of the Medical Officer of the Privy Council. The Report was most exhaustive, supplied a number of illustrations, and gave every possible information upon this and other parasitic diseases affecting animals that were killed for human food.