§ The PRESIDENT of the LOCAL GOVERNMENT BOARD (Mr. John Burns)
I am informed that 1,182carcases out of the whole consignment of Chinese pork had, up to and including yesterday, been thawed out and examined; 107 carcases had been condemned, and the remaining 1,075 carcases had been passed as fit for consumption. I understand that a Report to the Corporation by the medical officer of health, in which he refers to the results of the examination of the carcases, so far as it has at present been carried out will be issued to-day.
§ Mr. JOHN DILLON
May I ask the right hon. Gentleman whether he will not take into consideration the desirability of absolutely prohibiting the importation of Chinese pork into this country for human food?
§ Mr. KILBRIDE
May I ask whether the right hon. Gentleman has received an assurance from the British Ambassador in China that all these pigs have been fed on cooked rice.
§ Mr. BURNS
Inquiries were made by the Local Government Board some months ago, before this consignment arrived, as to the character of the pork and as to the method of feeding the pigs, and we were quite satisfied that it was satisfactory. I can state further, in answer to the hon. Member, that the "Meat Trade Journal," says:—Such of it as we had the opportunity of seeing was excellent pork of its kind, and that it realised the prices quoted proves it; finally, that it passed the double extra inspection of the Port Sanitary Authority, and the eagle-eyed examination of the practical meat inspectors attached to the Central Meat Market, demonstrates that such of it as went, into the hands of the retail butcher was sound and wholesome.I have myself gone with my officers into refrigerating stores in the wholesale market and into the retail shops, and I also had the pleasure of going down to the New Cut, Lambeth, on Saturday night to see whether the opinion of those better qualified than myself could be affirmed by a layman.
§ Mr. W. THORNE
May I ask whether all these condemned carcases are burned under the eyes of the Inspector of the Local Government Board?
§ Mr. W. THORNE
May I ask what guarantee there is that these condemned carcases are not used for human consumption?