HC Deb 01 July 1937 vol 325 cc2140-1
38. Mr. Liddall

asked the Minister of Health whether his Department obtains official certification that the herds of goats from the milk of which imported gorgonzola cheese is made are free from disease; and whether imported cheeses from foreign sources are continuously tested at our ports of entry to prevent the sale here of cheese containing germs of undulant fever or Mediterranean fever or other diseases endemic among South European herds of goats?

Sir K. Wood

No, Sir. The matter has not, however, escaped attention and I am advised that on the evidence available, no special precautions appear to be necessary.

Mr. Leonard

Does the germ survive the cheese?

Sir K. Wood

It may be of some comfort to the hon. Gentleman to know that any germs there may be are destroyed during the maturing of the cheese.