HC Deb 18 February 1953 vol 511 cc1227-8
25. Mr. Peter Freeman

asked the Minister of Food the numbers and types of animals that were found to be so diseased, either wholly or in part, as to be unfit for human consumption during last year; and what proportion in each case this represented.

Major Lloyd George

As the reply contains a number of figures, I will, with permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Mr. Freeman

Can the right hon. and gallant Gentleman give the proportion by number of the animals as well as the proportion by weight?

Major Lloyd George

I would remind the hon. Gentleman that it took a very long time to provide the answer to this question. The proportion ranges from about 1.4 to under 1 per cent.

Following is the information:

Figures for the year ended 31st December, 1952, are not yet available but for the year ended 30th September, 1952, the numbers of animals wholly condemned after slaughter were as follows:

Number of carcases wholly condemned Percentage of total number of animals slaughtered
Cattle 33,383 1.41
Calves 21,273 1.71
Sheep and lambs 22,252 0.33
Pigs 224,441 0.43

Records are not yet available from all local authorities of the number of carcases of which parts only were condemned but we have records of the total weight of all meat condemned, including parts of carcases, and the percentage this represents of the total weight of meat produced and slaughtered during the period was as follows:

Cattle 1 43 per cent
Calves 1.41 " "
Sheep and lambs 0.32 " "
Pigs (a) 0.55 " "

(a) Does not include condemnations of individual cuts of otherwise sound bacon pigs, records of which are not maintained.