HC Deb 22 October 1942 vol 383 cc2081-2
36. Mr. David Adams

asked the Minister of Health whether, in view of the fact that accredited milk is known to contain in many cases a variety of pathogenic organisms, and that the term "accredited" implies some special virtue, it is intended to re-designate this grade under a less misleading title?

Mr. E. Brown

The principal conditions relating to accredited milk are that it should satisfy a bacteriological test for keeping quality and cleanliness and that the animals of the herd shall be subjected to a periodical clinical veterinary examination. These conditions have been unaltered for several years and should be well known, and I do not propose any alteration, at the present time, in the designation.

Mr. Adams

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that every medical officer of health will refute his statement as to the cleanliness of this milk? Is it not time that we had only two grades of milk, clean and dirty?