HC Deb 25 November 1937 vol 329 cc1399-400
55. Mr. Lambert

asked the Minister of Health whether imported butter made from the milk of tubercular or diseased cows abroad can be detected by analysis at the ports of entry into Great Britain?

The Minister of Health (Sir Kingsley Wood)

Yes, Sir, if the milk had not been pasteurised and, in the case of tuberculosis, if the cows were actually yielding milk containing tubercle bacilli. I am advised that practically all milk and cream used for making imported butter is pasteurised.

Mr. Lambert

Is my right hon. Friend quite sure that all the milk used abroad in making butter which is imported into this country is pasteurised?

Sir K. Wood

That is what is stated in my reply. If my right hon. Friend has any information to the contrary, I should like to go into it with him.

Mr. Lambert

It is very doubtful.