HC Deb 28 July 1952 vol 504 cc1078-9
23. Mr. Hobson

asked the Minister of Food if he is aware that yeast manufacturers are forcing bakers to take yeast in waxed paper bags instead of jute bags which results in yeast rapidly becoming mouldy and endangering public health; and if he will make regulations to stop this practice.

Dr. Hill

My right hon. and gallant Friend is aware that yeast manufacturers now pack baker's yeast in waxed paper instead of jute bags and that a harmless mould found on some packs has given rise to complaints. Although it is not believed that any danger to health is involved, the matter is being investigated.

Mr. Hobson

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that the supply of yeast in this country is a monopoly in the hands of the Distillers Company, Limited, and that representations have been made by the Master Bakers' Association that a report has been received from a county analyist that, as a result of the heat engendered in the wax paper bags because they cannot expand, the spores produced are dangerous and inimical to health?

Dr. Hill

It is precisely the scientific problem which is under investigation.