HC Deb 20 July 1910 vol 19 cc1237-8

asked whether the inspectors who take samples of butter, with the view of enforcing the provisions of the Butter and Margarine Act, 1907, take those samples indiscriminately from all shops, or whether, in the majority of cases, they are taken from the shops of suspected firms or individuals, with the result that a relatively high proportion of the samples of butter taken are found to be incorrectly described and therefore condemned; and whether the statistics of adulteration are thereby vitiated?


No provision is made in the Acts for sampling in proportion to sources of supply, quantity sold, number of retailers, or other factors which would have to be taken into account in order to obtain statistics such as appear to be referred to. The statistics which are published by the Local Government Board do not profess to be of this nature.