HC Deb 09 November 1908 vol 195 c1704

I beg to ask the President of the Local Government Board whether he is aware that thousands of foreign cattle imported into this country are rejected as unfit for food, on the ground of disease, by the Jewish authorities, but are sold to and consumed by Christians and others; and whether he proposes to take any action in the matter.


It is the fact that foreign carcases which, for one reason or another, have been rejected by Jewish examiners as improper for Jewish consumption are subsequently sold for food; but I do not find that I have received any representations to the effect that the carcases have been rejected on account of disease which renders them unfit for human food. In consequence of the requirements of Jewish law, carcases would be rejected by their examiners owing to the presence of conditions to which no objection would or need be taken by qualified meat inspectors of sanitary authorities.