HC Deb 09 February 1956 vol 548 c1804
57. Dr. Stross

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what steps he has taken to regulate the use of mineral oil in the baking industry; and to what extent this substance is being replaced by oils of vegetable origin.

Mr. Amory

The use of mineral oil in the baking industry is restricted by the provisions of the Mineral Oil in Food Order. I understand that mineral oil is used by the industry for greasing or lubricating equipment, and I have no evidence that it is being replaced for these purposes by vegetable oils.

Dr. Stross

Does not the Minister recollect that about a year ago, when this matter was discussed in the House, we were given assurances that attempts were being made, experiments were being carried out, and that it was hoped to replace mineral oils by oils of a vegetable origin? Can he say what is his attitude towards this matter?

Mr. Amory

As the hon. Gentleman knows, there is a limitation on the amount that can be used—two parts in a thousand. I understand that the problem of switching to vegetable oils is one of rancidity. I have no evidence that substantial progress has been made since we discussed this matter in the House.

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