HC Deb 26 March 1936 vol 310 cc1405-6

asked the Minister of Health whether his attention had been drawn to the recent death of a farm labourer at Wainfleet as the result of drinking so-called concentrated vinegar concocted from acetic acid; and, in view of the fact that the sale of acetic acid as vinegar, whether diluted or undiluted, is prohibited by law in almost every country in the world, will he take steps to protect the public from the obvious risks of poisoning which they are running at the present time by prohibiting the sale of acetic vinegar?


Yes, Sir. As my hon. Friend may be aware, the case referred to has been the subject of a coroner's inquest. The question of the designation of acetic acid mixtures has been noted in connection with the issues, at present under my consideration, which were raised in the report by the Departmental Committee on the Composition and Description of Food.