HC Deb 17 June 1880 vol 253 cc193-4

asked the Secretary to the Admiralty, If he is aware that meat condemned by the officers of the Corporation of London is dipped in creosote previous to being sold, so as to insure its not being re-sold for food, and if he will consider the practicability of adopting some such expedient with condemned beef and pork from Navy stores, so as to prevent its being used for victualling and poisoning our mercantile marine?


Sir, no meat which has been condemned as unfit for food is now sold by the Admiralty in open market. In consequence, I believe, of representations made by Mr. Plimsoll, arrangements were made in 1878 for the sale of all beef and pork condemned as unfit for human food to a soap maker of high standing, under a guarantee to melt it down. This arrangement is still in force, and there is no reason to believe that any of such meat finds its way into the Mercantile Marine.