HC Deb 13 October 1943 vol 392 c884
66. Mr. Liddall

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food why jams, particularly those labelled strawberry, do not have displayed on the jars or containers an analytical statement of their contents; and whether he will issue an order compelling this to be done, as has to be done in the case of pills and patent medicines?

Mr. Mabane

Jam manufacturers are required to comply with the standards prescribed in the Jam and Marmalade (Maximum Prices) Order, S.R. & O. No. 2482 of 1942, as amended, which include minimum fruit and soluble solids contents. The adherence of manufacturers to these standards is checked from time to time by the analysis of samples taken by officers of my Department and of other public authorities. My Noble Friend does not consider it would serve any useful purpose to require jams to be labelled in the manner suggested by my hon. Friend.

Mr. Liddall

If the Parliamentary Secretary does not think that any useful purpose would be served by carrying out my suggestion, will he ask his Department to investigate the analysis of a certain strawberry jam if I present it to him?

Mr. Mabane

I shall be very glad to do so.