§ 40. Sir A. M. SAMUEL
asked the Minister of Health what examination and hygienic tests are made on imported dried or liquid eggs intended for human consumption; what arrangements are made for the hygienic control over substances added to eggs imported without tile shell; and whether canned or frozen eggs, intended for industrial purposes only, are differentiated by label?
Sir H. YOUNG
Dried and liquid eggs intended for human consumption are subject to examination both on importation into this country and on any occasion on which they are placed on retail sale. No special tests have been prescribed, but it is necessary that the eggs should be free from preservatives as defined by the Preservatives Regulations, and, if on examination they are found to be unfit for human consumption, they may be seized and destroyed. I understand that eggs which before importation are intended for industrial purposes only are frequently labelled as "inedible."
§ Sir A. M. SAMUEL
Is there anything in those regulations which prevent eggs intended for industrial purposes being sold or used for human consumption?
Sir H. YOUNG
Oh, yes. Sir, I think that those precautions which I have described in answer to the first part of the question are adequate for that purpose.
§ Mr. McENTEE
In view of the early approach of a General Election, can the Minister exercise control over imported eggs?