§ 52. Lieut.-Colcnel ACLAND-TROYTE
asked the Minister of Health what precautions are taken to ensure that butter and other milk products imported from foreign countries are free from the germs of tuberculosis and other diseases and are produced under reasonable conditions of cleanliness?
§ Mr. SHAKESPEARE
Milk products in common with all other imported articles of food are subject to examination at the port of entry but there are no standards laid down as to bacterial content or the conditions of production. As stated in reply to my hon. Friend the Member for South Molton (Mr. Lambert) on 7th May, most imported milk products are made from pasteurised milk or cream. My right hon. Friend is advised that the risk of infection from products so made is negligible
§ Lieut.-Colonel ACLAND-TROYTE
Will the hon. Gentleman arrange to have proper inspections carried out of the butter which is imported here from foreign countries so as to ensure that it is in proper condition?
§ Sir F. FREMANTLE
Is not the obvious conclusion that as there are risks 1458 attaching to some of these imported products, everybody who wants to avoid the risks ought to buy British products?