§ 7. Sir Knox Cunningham
asked the Minister of Health whether he is satisfied with the comprehensiveness of the investigations made by his inspectors into poultry processing plants in the United Kingdom; whether he is satisfied with the protection available to public health from sub-standard broiler chickens; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Snow
My right hon. Friend is satisfied that the existing powers of local authorities under the Food and Drugs Act, 1955 and the Food Hygiene (General) Regulations, 1960, are sufficiently comprehensive to enable them to 81 control the processing of poultry and that the system of inspection as advised by my Department in 1961 provides adequate protection to public health in respect of all grades of poultry.
§ Sir Knox Cunningham
But is the hon. Gentleman not aware that certain of these broiler chickens are not accepted as edible by United States forces in this country, and what investigation has he made into the reason for this?