HC Deb 28 February 1940 vol 357 cc2073-4
75. Mr. Lambert

asked the Minister of Food whether carcases of cattle, sheep, and pigs imported for human food are examined for their edibility in the country of origin or in this country; and whether he is satisfied that the inspection is such as will secure that only so much meat is retailed here as is fit for human consumption?

Mr. W. S. Morrison

All imported meat from Australia, New Zealand, and South America is closely inspected by qualified inspectors at the time of slaughter. Every carcase bears a certificate that it has been passed for export, and is not admissible into the United Kingdom unless it is accompanied by certificates issued in accordance with arrangements recognised by the Ministry of Health. On arrival in this country, imported meat is subject at the port of entry to inspection by officers of the port health authorities, and again, when it is offered for retail sale, by the health officers of the local authorities. I am satisfied that the arrangements are adequate to ensure that the meat retailed is fit for human consumption.

Mr. Lambert

Is my right hon. Friend aware that meat which has been sent to Devonshire, for instance, has been condemned by the medical officer of health, and that that is having a very bad effect on the confidence that is felt in the Ministry of Food?

Mr. Morrison

It is the case that meat is inspected before being sold to the retailer, and, even in peace-time, certain condemnations take place. If my right hon. Friend will give particulars about the meat that was sent to Devonshire, I will have the matter looked into.

Lieut.-Colonel Acland-Troyte

Why was that miserable stuff sent to anybody?

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