§ Mr. CHARLES BATHURST
asked the President of the Local Government Board whether there is in his Department any definition or standard of vinegar, based either upon the substances from which it is manufactured or upon the percentage of acetic acid which it contains; and whether, in the absence of a due percentage of the above acid, prosecutions of its vendors under the Food and Drugs Act are authorised by the Board?
§ The PRESIDENT of the LOCAL GOVERNMENT BOARD (Mr. Burns)
There is no statutory definition of vinegar for the purposes of the Sale of Food and Drugs Acts, but, in view of the numerous representations made to them on the subject, the Board stated their views as to the proper significance of the terms "vinegar," "malt vinegar," and "artificial vinegar" in a letter addressed to the secretary of the London and County Vinegar Brewers' Association on 15th December last. The Board have no power to authorise prosecutions under the Sale of Food and Drugs Acts.
§ Mr. C. BATHURST
What steps are being taken to ensure that the letter is being acted upon by all the traders concerned?