HC Deb 02 March 1904 vol 130 c1482
MR. JOYCE (Limerick)

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieu-tenant of Ireland whether his attention has been called to the sale of States Butter, called American Ladles, with the view of the Department of Agriculture in Ireland taking action to prevent it being made up and sold as Irish Firkin Butter; also, whether he will inquire if this stuff is made of glucose and dextrine, and, if so, will the importation of it be stopped.


The attention of the Department was directed to this substance in August last. It was ascertained that a quantity had been consigned to a Limerick trader not as butter, but as "American Butter Grease." No evidence was obtainable that the substance was placed on the market as Irish butter. The Department is giving special attention to the matter, and if evidence of illegal sales is forthcoming vigorous action will be taken.


Will the right hon. Gentleman give instructions to have some of this stuff analysed?


That has been done already.