HC Deb 20 June 1907 vol 176 cc622-3
MR. C. E. PRICE (Edinburgh, Central)

I beg to ask the hon. Member for South Somerset, as representing the President of the Board of Agriculture whether his attention has been called to the last Report of His Majesty's consul in Chicago, to the large increase in the importation into this country from that city of butter, a great deal of which is process or renovated butter, which has been melted, the butter fat drawn off, the caseine thrown out, and the fat re-churned with milk; whether he is aware this butter has to bear the mark "renovated butter," a mark which is removed on its arrival in this country; and whether this renovated butter is sold as butter in this country; and, if so, whether the Butter and Margarine Bill now before the House will prevent its importation; and, if not, under what name will it be sold, whether margarine or some other name approved by the Board of Agriculture.


Our attention has been called to the Report to which my hon. friend refers. I understand that it is the case that renovated butter is required by United States law to be marked as such, but no case has been brought to our notice in which the mark has been removed in this country, or in which renovated butter has been sold as butter. The Butter and Margarine Bill will not prevent the importation of this article, but it will have to be sold under a special name, and with a description of its character to be approved by the Board.