HC Deb 03 July 1950 vol 477 cc22-3
38. Mr. De la Bère

asked the Minister of Food whether, in view of the fact that dried animal blood plasma, imported from European slaughter houses, is being used as a substitute for eggs in cakes and confectionery sold in Great Britain, the Government will gave an assurance that steps will be taken to prohibit the sale of this plasma for use as a substitute for eggs, with special regard to the fact that the supply of eggs is more than adequate for all purposes throughout the country.

Mr. F. Willey

No, Sir. Bakers are still short of egg products and animal blood plasma is a valuable and harmless supplement to their present supplies.

Mr. De la Bère

Are we to understand that with all the abundant supply of eggs we cannot have wholesome eggs in our cakes? Why has this blood plasma to be used? Why cannot we have the fresh eggs and sugar we used to get instead of blood plasma without sugar? We do not want Socialism and blood plasma; we want sugar and eggs.

Mr. Willey

As I have already said, bakers are still short of egg products.

Mr. De la Bère

With great respect, I think the hon. Member is wrong.

Mrs. Castle

In view of the fact that the spring abundance of eggs is falling off will my hon. Friend do nothing to divert supplies from the domestic ration to the manufacturers?

Mr. Willey

As my right hon. Friend has said on several occasions, the domestic ration has first priority.

Mr. Walter Fletcher

To protect the public against deception should there not be a label "Blood puddings"?

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